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Sarsgaard, Farmiga join ‘Orphan’

Collet-Serra directing horror film

Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga will star in the horror film “Orphan” for Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment.

Warner Bros. is distributing the pic, which marks helmer Jaume Collet-Serra’s follow-up to “House of Wax,” also a Dark Castle title. Appian Way, which developed the material and brought it to Silver, is also producing.

Story revolves around a husband and wife (Sarsgaard and Farmiga) who lose a baby and then adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. David Leslie Johnson penned the screenplay, which is based on a story by Alex Mace.

Shooting is scheduled to begin next week in Toronto and Montreal.

Silver, Susan Downey and Erik Olsen are producing. Don Carmody and Steve Richards exec produce.

Sarsgaard most recently appeared in “Rendition” and “Year of the Dog.” His upcoming credits include “Elegy” and “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.”

Farmiga co-starred in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.” She next appears in Mark Herman’s “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.”

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