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DeWanda Wise to Star in Blumhouse’s Imaginary

Lionsgate and Blumhouse announced today that DeWanda Wise will star in and executive produce Blumhouse Productions’ Imaginary. The film will be released in theaters on March 8, 2024.

Last week the studio debuted its innovative “imaginary” trailer, designed to be experienced exclusively in theaters with eyes closed. With audiences for Five Nights at Freddy’s primed for horror, they got a trailer scarier than any they had ever seen – literally.

DeWanda Wise to Star in Blumhouse's Imaginary

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Imaginary wrapped filming before the actors’ strike began. Wadlow said: “DeWanda has been more than a star on this movie – she has been a full creative partner. So much of horror grows out of our most basic fears from childhood, and DeWanda taps into all of that.

“You know that old saying that the audience’s imagination is scarier than any movie? We’re going to put that to the test.”

DeWanda Wise is set to star in the STARZ series adaptation of Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women, opposite Shailene Woodley and Betty Gilpin, as well as the feature Poolman, the directorial debut of Chris Pine. It was also recently announced that she will star in the supernatural thriller Killing Faith.

Wise most recently starred in the blockbuster Jurassic Park: Dominion and The Harder They Fall, directed by Jeymes Samuel. Wise is represented by CAA, M88, and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang.

From the genre-defining masterminds behind Five Nights at Freddy’s and M3GAN, comes an original horror that taps into the innocence of imaginary friends – and begs the question: Are they really figments of childhood imagination or is something more terrifying lying just beneath?

When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement.

Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister. As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.

The Blumhouse movie was written by Jeff Wadlow & Greg Erb & Jason Oremland. The producers are Jason Blum and Jeff Wadlow. The executive producers are DeWanda Wise and Ryan Turek.