Aussie thesp Sarah Snook and indie stalwart Mark Webber (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) are set to star in “Jessabelle,” a new Lionsgate horror film that will be directed by “Saw 3D” helmer Kevin Greutert and produced by Blumhouse Prods. principal Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”) and Principato-Young Entertainment.
In a change of pace, comedy scribe Robert Ben Garant (“Night at the Museum”) wrote the script, which follows a woman who is forced to return to her father’s home in Louisiana when a car accident leaves her without the use of her legs. It’s not long before she discovers a mystery surrounding her own birth, as well as an angry ghost determined to destroy her.
Snook, who was one of the five finalists to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” will play the terrified protag, while Webber will play her childhood friend who helps her uncover the truth about her family. Production is skedded to start April 2.
Snook previously appeared in Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” and won an AACTA Award, the equivalent of an Australian Oscar, for her turn in the telepic “Sisters of War.” She’ll soon be seen alongside “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten in the romantic comedy “Not Suitable for Children.”
Webber is coming off a busy Sundance, where in addition to co-starring in the indie comedies “Save the Date” and “For a Good Time, Call…,” he wrote, produced, directed and starred opposite his two-year-old son Isaac Love in “The End of Love.”
Blum, who’s currently developing “Paranormal Activity 4,” recently produced Scott Derrickson’s Ethan Hawke-starrer “Sinister.” He’s wrapping production on another Hawke vehicle, “Vigilandia,” just as cameras begin to role on Joe Johnston’s Universal thriller “Not Safe for Work.”
Snook is repped by Oz-based Shanahan Management and Principato-Young, which also reps Garant along with CAA and attorney Karl Austen. Webber is repped by Innovative Artists and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz, while UTA and attorney Robert Wallerstein rep Greutert.