Amblin Partners’ The Last Voyage of the Demeter has found its on-screen crew and announced that it has begun shooting this week in Berlin. The production will later move to Malta.
Corey Hawkins (In the Heights) has already been announced in the leading role of director André Øvredal’s (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) upcoming horror adventure.
Newly-announced cast members include Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, Aisling Franciosi, Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapicic, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Javier Botet, Woody Norman, Martin Furulund, and Chris Walley.
Cunningham (Game of Thrones) plays Captain Eliot, the Demeter’s stately captain; Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad) plays Wojcheck, the Demeter’s first mate; Franciosi (The Nightingale) plays Anna, a stowaway; Briones (Ratched) plays Joseph, the ship’s cook; Botet (IT) plays Dracula; Norman plays Captain Eliot’s nephew; and Kapicic, Nikolaeff, Furulund and Walley play crew members.
Zak Olkewicz (Fear Street) has written the script, which is based on a single chapter, the Captain’s Log, from Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel Dracula. The chapter tells the story of the Russian schooner Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo — 24 unmarked wooden crates — from Carpathia to London.
The film will detail the strange events that befell the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a terrifying presence onboard the ship.
In the story, when the ship finally arrived near Whitby Harbour, it was derelict. There was no trace of the crew.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter is produced by Mike Medavoy, Brad Fischer and Arnold Messer, who have produced such critical and box office successes as Black Swan, Shutter Island, and Zodiac.
Production of Demeter marks a near 20-year milestone for the producers, having originally purchased an earlier draft of the project by Bragi Schut (Escape Room) in 2002.
Jeb Brody, President of Production, and Mia Maniscalco, SVP Creative Affairs, will oversee the project for Amblin.
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