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'Bates Motel' Actress to Star in Universal's 'Ouija'
Olivia Cooke, one of the stars of A&E’s Bates Motel, will star in Ouija, Universal's horror movie based on the Hasbro board game.
Douglas Smith is playing the male lead of the movie, which is being produced by Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions and Hasbro.
Filming begins next week in and around Los Angeles, with Stiles White in the director's chair.
The script by Juliet Snowden and White centers on a group of friends attempting to make contact with a recently deceased classmate through a Ouija board who awaken a dark and terrifying presence.
Cooke will play a girl who discovers that her dead friend had been messing around with a Ouija board and brings the game home. Smith is the dead girl's boyfriend, who may know more about her death than he lets on.
Daren Kagasoff also has joined the movie in a supporting role.
Cooke, repped by Gersh and manager Lena Roklin, starred in the British miniseries The Secret of Crickley Hall and will be making a trek to Sundance when The Signal, a thriller co-starring Brenton Thwaites, premieres there in January.
Smith is repped by Paradigm and Brian Medavoy of Medavoy Management.