Syfy has taken a big step forward in a series pilot it hopes could being even more horror genre options to the cable channel.
Lyndsy Fonseca, probably best known for her roles in Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother, has landed the starring role in The Haunted from author James Frey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She will be joined by Elizabeth Cappuccino, who most recently appeared in the Netflix and Marvel series Jessica Jones.
The Haunted is a supernatural horror-drama from author James Frey about the four siblings who reunite following their parents’ deaths. As they try to overcome their fractured personal relationships, they find that they also must face the literal ghosts from their past in order to survive.
Frey made news a decade ago for what he described as his “memoirs” called A Million Little Pieces, which outsiders claimed was more fiction than fact. Even talk show host Oprah Winfrey had jumped into the controversy, landing an infamous interview with Frey, where he admitted that some parts of his life story in the book were fictionalized – especially how long he spent in jail (just a few hours, as opposed to 87 days).
Despite the controversy – and losing both his agent and his publisher – Frey continued to publish books, and even founded his own young adult publishing company, Full Fathom Five. One of its books was turned into the 2011 film I Am Number Four, which earned $146.2 million at the box office.
Frey co-wrote the book series that film was from, The Lorien Legacies, with Jobie Hughes under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore.
Fonseca, according to the trade publication, will play Juno Bradley, a woman of science who realizes she can no longer depend on that belief as the supernatural becomes real to her. Cappuccino will play her sister, Hester Bradley, who is kind of along for the adventure.
Fonseca most recently played Angie Martinelli on the ABC Marvel series Agent Carter. She also finished filming the sci-fi drama Curvature with Linda Hamilton, which is set to be released next year.
Cappuccino had starred in a Jon Turteltaub pilot Stay with Skeet Ulrich that ABC decided not to pick up for series. She also finished work on the thriller Super Dark Times, expected to hit theaters next year.
The pilot should film in January, with Syfy making a final decision on whether to pick it up for a full series in the spring.
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