Henderson to co-star in remake of Japanese horror pic

Kiwi thesp Martin Henderson (“Windtalkers”) is set to star opposite Naomi Watts in “Ring” for helmer Gore Verbinski and DreamWorks Pictures.

A remake of the popular 1998 Japanese horror film, pic is based on a series of novels by Suzuki Koji about a journalist (Watts) who investigates an urban legend about a cursed videotape said to kill anyone who watches it. Henderson will play the photojournalist ex-husband of Watts’ character. The two have a child together and are forced to put their differences aside to fight the evil force together.

Rounding out the cast of “Ring” are David Dorfman, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella and Brian Cox.

“Ring” is skedded to lense at the end of the year, with DreamWorks production co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing.

DreamWorks theatrical production exec Mark Sourian is shepherding the projected for the studio. Scribes Ehren Kruger (“Scream 3”) and Scott Frank (“Minority Report”) both worked on the script.

Repped by UTA and managed by the Talent Entertainment Group, Henderson recently starred in indie pic “A Piece of My Heart” with Piper Perabo for director Matt Cooper.

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