The feature adaptation of Stephen King’s classic Salem’s Lot has added another doomed soul.
Award-winning stage and screen actor John Benjamin Hickey has signed on to play the pivotal part of Fr. Donald Callahan in the New Line Cinema vampire movie, as reported by Deadline.
Hickey–who recently was nominated for a Tony Award for The Inheritance–won the 2011 Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in The Normal Heart. He also earned an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the Showtime series The Big C.
Hickey’s role as Fr. Callahan–played by James Gallery in the 1979 TV adaptation of Salem’s Lot–has him playing a priest who becomes embroiled in the town’s battle against the vampiric menace of Kurt Barlow. Callahan’s tragic end comes when Barlow forces him to drink his blood, damning him. Unable to return to his church, the priest boards a bus and leaves Jerusalem’s Lot.
Hickey joins the previously announced Lewis Pullman as Ben Mears, Alfre Woodard as Dr. Cody, Makenzie Leigh as Susan Norton, Bill Camp as Matt Burke, Spencer Treat Clark as Mike Ryerson, Pilou Asbaek as Richard Straker and William Sadler in an unspecified role.
Salem’s Lot–shooting in Boston for a projected release date of Sept. 9, 2022–is written and directed by Gary Dauberman. The film follows author Ben Mears as he returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot in search of inspiration for his next book, only to find his hometown “is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire.”
King’s bestselling 1975 novel was made into a two-part TV miniseries starring David Soul and directed by Tobe Hooper. This adaptation earned Emmy Award and Edgar Award nominations.
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