Julia Garner Joins Universal’s ‘Wolf Man’

Following the success of 2020’s The Invisible Man, Universal Pictures is reteaming with Blumhouse for another resurrection of one of its classic monsters, with The Invisible Man‘s Leigh Whannell (Saw, Upgrade) directing Wolf Man, set to howl into theaters for Halloween 2024, and now Emmy and Golden Globe winner Julia Garner (Ozark) has signed on to star in the film.

Christopher Abbott (currently on screens in the Frankenstein-inspired Poor Things) has been cast to play the titular character in Wolf Man, which will reportedly focus on a man whose family is being terrorized by a lethal predator.

Julia Garner joins the cast, playing the mother of the family that is being terrorized by a lethal predator. Garner and Abbott previously co-starred in 2011’s Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, which was her first professional acting role.

The film is scheduled to begin shooting in March in New Zealand, according to recent casting notice shared by Blumhouse, looking for 9-11-year-old girls to be considered to play the family’s daughter, named Ginger, who is 10 years old in the movie. Blake and Charlotte’s (Garner) daughter, Ginger is described in the casting notice as “smart, precocious,  and strong.” It goes on to state, “When her family decides to leave the city for a quieter life in a remote area, she faces her biggest fear, the possibility of losing one or both of her parents forever.”

Leigh Whannell directs from a script he co-wrote with Corbett Tuck, as well as Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo. Jason Blum is producing the film.

The project was first announced back in 2020.

Universal Pictures will unleash Wolf Man in theaters on October 25, 2024.

Universal’s original film featuring Lawrence “Larry” Talbot, who is bitten by a creature of folklore and then turns into a werewolf, was 1941’s The Wolf Man starring the great Lon Chaney Jr. (pictured above), who reprised the role in (the first ever “shared universe” movie) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Most recently, director Joe Johnston gave us an excellent remake with 2010’s (Best Makeup Oscar Winner) The Wolfman. starring Benicio Del Toro.

Universal’s first werewolf film was actually Werewolf of London, starring Henry Hull, released in 1935.

Julia Garner photographed by STEVEN KLEIN, for Vanity Fair.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.