Behr will bear ‘Grudge’

Remake casts two former WB stars

Former “Roswell” star Jason Behr will star opposite former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Sarah Michelle Gellar in a remake of Takashi Shimizu’s Japanese-lingo horror pic “The Grudge” for Senator Films.

Behr just wrapped the starring role in helmer Rebecca Cook’s indie “Shooting Livien.” Other Behr credits include “Rabbi,” directed by Jefery Levy, and 2001’s “The Shipping News.”

Takashi will direct the remake, produced by Nathan Kahane, Doug Davison and Roy Lee; “Spider-Man” helmer Sam Raimi exec produced via his Ghost House Pictures.

Pic is set to lense this month in Tokyo; Columbia Pictures will distrib Stateside.

Screenplay for the new film is adapted by Stephen Susco, combining elements from the original and its three sequels. Original “Grudge” concerned a murderous curse stemming from a grudge held by someone who died enraged. Behr plays a college student at an international university in Tokyo, the boyfriend of Gellar’s character. Gellar joined the cast last month (Daily Variety, Dec. 15).

Behr was repped in the deal by Robert Stein Management.