The first studio incarnation of the chilling Slender Man is prepping to shoot this coming June. And with that news, Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported that Julia Goldani Telles was the first to join the cast. Now, Deadline adds that The Conjuring and Wish Upon‘s Joey King (pictured above) will join alongside Captain Fantastic actress Annalise Basso, Jaz Sinclair (When The Bough Breaks), Talitha Bateman (Annabelle: Creation) and Alex Fitzalan.
that Sony’s Screen Gems hired Sylvain White to direct Slender Man.
White directed the absolutely phenomenal Stomp the Yard for Sony back in 2007, which led to Losers in 2010. He’s been directing a lot of TV since then – “Sleepy Hollow”, “Hawaii Five-0”, “MacGuyver”, “Rush Hour” – although he’s the kind of visionary best suited for feature films.
Slender Man is depicted as a lanky, faceless figure in a black suit, and originated as an internet meme. It grew to fame following the reports that violent acts were being committed in his name, including a much-publicized story of two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin who lured a friend into the woods and nearly fatally stabbed her.
HBO has an upcoming doc based on the internet-age bogeyman, Beware the Slenderman.
Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak will produce the feature under their Mythology Entertainment banner, which originally held the rights to Slender Man across all platforms, including motion picture.