Salem’s Lot has found its Straker, in the form of a Game Of Thrones villain. Pilou Asbæk (Borgen, Ghost in the Shell) will play the villainous role in the new adaption of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot for New Line Cinema.


The horror classic sees author Ben Mears (Lewis Pullman) return to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot in search of inspiration for his next book. A long deserted property has just been sold to a mysterious newcomer, and a small boy has disappeared. He’s not the last person in town to suffer misfortune, as one-by-one the residents begin to fall ill and die. Or are they really dead?

Mears learns the horrific truth, that the entire town is being preyed upon by a vampire. He teams up with a local doctor, a school teacher, a priest, and a boy to try and turn the tide against the evil taking over the town.


Asbæk’s new role of Richard Straker is the vampire’s familiar, who is the human face of their business and covers for the evil Kurt Barlow. It is a major part in the story. James Mason played the character in the 1970’s mini-series from Tobe Hooper. Donald Sutherland took on the role for the Rob Lowe remake.


Alfre Woodard, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, and William Sadler also star in the production. The movie is currently in production in Boston. Gary Dauberman writes and directs the project.

Asbæk is working for James Wan in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and Wan is also a producer on Salem’s Lot.

The book remains one of King’s strongest novels to this day, even though it was only his second novel and was published way back in 1975.

The horror starts on September 9th 2022.

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