Bella Thorne Joins Tyler Perry's 'Boo! A Madea Halloween'

Perry will write, produce, direct and star in the film, which Lionsgate will distribute.

Tyler Perry is returning to his Madea character for Boo! A Medea Halloween, which has started production in Atlanta.

Perry wrote and will produce, direct and star in the comedy, which is produced by Ozzie Areu and Will Areu.

Bella Thorne, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Andre Hall, Yousef Erakat, Lexy Panterra, Diamond White, Liza Koshy, Brock O’Hurn, Jimmy Tatro, JC Caylen, Kian Lawley and Mike Tornabene round out the cast.

The film follows Madea (Perry) as she spends Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.

Lionsgate will release the movie on Oct. 21. The idea for the pic came from when Chris Rock and Perry thought of including a fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Rock’s film Top Five. Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real.

"We are thrilled to reunite with the iconic Tyler Perry, one of the greatest creative forces in entertainment and a beloved and cherished member of our Lionsgate family," Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said Tuesday in a statement. "Boo! A Madea Halloween brings together two great Lionsgate traditions — Madea and a Halloween movie — and we know that audiences will find the combination outrageous, hilarious and unbeatable."