On Wednesday, it was announced that the WarnerMedia streaming service would be premiering Evil Dead Rise, the new instalment in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise which is written and directed by Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin.
It was also revealed that Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan would be featured in starring roles. Raimi will return as executive producer alongside franchise star Bruce Campbell, who will not be starring in the film.
As reported by Variety, the new movie will follow up the original film trilogy, comprising 1981’s The Evil Dead, 1987’s Evil Dead II, and 1992’s Army of Darkness. As for the story, Evil Dead Rise:
“tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Sutherland (The Mist, Vikings) and Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Jungle), whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.”
Speaking about Evil Dead Rise in a recent interview, franchise creator Raimi said:
“I’m thrilled to bring Evil Dead back to its original home at New Line 40 years after the release of the first film. The company’s history as pioneers of horror speaks for itself,”
“I’m equally excited to be working with Lee Cronin, whose gifts as a storyteller make him the ideal filmmaker to continue the enduring legacy of the franchise.”
Evil Dead Rise will be filmed in New Zealand with post-production work completed in Ireland. A release date hasn’t yet been set for the horror sequel.