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Last year’s The Woman in Black was a surprise success in the U.K., revitalizing the Hammer studio and proving that Daniel Radcliffe could be a star outside of the Harry Potter franchise. A sequel was announced and the project has finally found its stars.
According to Deadline, Jeremy Irvine, who worked with Steven Spielberg on War Horse, and Switch’s Phoebe Fox have been cast in the lead roles.
When the sequel was announced in April 2012,it was revealed that the film, titled The Woman in Black: Angels of Death, will be set 40 years after the events in the first film, which made it clear that Radcliffe would not be back. The new film is set during World War II, with the British government taking over the Eel Marsh House. Orphans at the house awaken the creepy resident. Tom Hopper is directing.
Jon Crocker, who worked on the first film, was hired to write the script. Exclusive is looking for buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next month. EOne will co-finance and distribute in the U.K. The original film made $130 million worldwide.
Irvine recently filmed The Railway Man, which co-stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.