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Rebecca De Mornay is getting in touch with her maternal instincts in “Mother’s Day,” Darren Lynn Bousman’s remake of Charles Kaufman’s 1980 Troma cult classic.
De Mornay’s casting as the title character is the final piece of the puzzle for the movie, which begins shooting this month in Winnipeg.
The original “Mother’s Day” revolved around three female friends who, while camping, run afoul of two brothers who engage in murder and rape to impress their deranged mother.
The new version, written by Scott Milam, has been remolded as a psychological thriller in which the wicked family returns to the house where they grew up to terrorize the new owners and their guests. Mother, as De Mornay’s character is called, will go to any length to protect her children.
The part echoes the evil nanny role she had in 1992’s “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” a comparison not lost on the filmmakers.
“Every time you look at (Rebecca), she is on fire, and to take her to this level, which is like her role in ‘Hand That Rocks the Cradle’ times a thousand, is exciting,” Bousman said. “She is not some Freddy Krueger or Jason, so it was important for me to get a real actress.”
Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore, Briana Evigan, Alexa Vega, Matt O’Leary and Deborah Ann Woll also have been cast.
Rat Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Jay Stern, with Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten from the Genre Co., are producing.
Curt Leopardo, Jessie Rusu and Jon Zucker will executive produce, and Shara Kay will co-produce. LightTower Entertainment is financing.
De Mornay, repped by Binder & Associates, most recently starred in HBO’s “John From Cincinnati” and next appears in “Flipped,” directed by Rob Reiner.
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