Gillian Jacobs Joins Fox's Adaptation of R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' (Exclusive)

Leigh Jeniak is directing the intended trilogy, which is shooting back-to-back in Georgia.
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Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs, who last starred on Judd Apatow’s Netflix comedy Love, has joined the cast of Fear Street, Fox’s adaptation of the R.L. Stine horror books for teens.

Leigh Jeniak is directing the intended trilogy, which is filming back-to-back with Chernin Entertainment producing.

The movie is already shooting in Atlanta with up-and-comers Kiana Madeira, Sadie Sink, Olivia Welch and Fred Hechinger Jr., among others.

The first film is set in 1994 in the town of Shadyside and focuses on a group of teens that discover that the deadly events occurring in their town have not only been happening for centuries, but are also connected. The other stories are set in 1978 and 1666 before finding their way back to 1994.

Jacobs will appear in multiple movies. In the 1994 setting, she will play the survivor of massacre that took place ata summer camp in 1978.

It is currently unclear what the distribution plan is, given that Fox is now under Disney ownership. When the movie was being developed, there was talk of a unique plan in which the trilogy would be theatrically distributed consecutively about a month apart.

Jacobs next stars in Larry, a horror movie from Amblin, and is one of the voice stars of Invincible, Amazon’s all-star adaptation of the Robert Kirkman comic. She is repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Lichter Grossman.

Updated 8:25 AM, April 17, 2019 to reflect accurate character description.