Leatherface. TCM. Stephen DorffWe have learned via Bloody Disgusting that Stephen Dorff is in talks to play Texas Ranger Hal Hartman in the upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre origin story, Leatherface. 

The upcoming reboot/reimagining/pseudo prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has already cast Sam Strike, James Bloor, and Angela Bettis. The upcoming film will be directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside). The script was penned by Seth M. Sherwood.

The film will reportedly tell the story of Leatherface as a youngster in the early ’70s. The latest installment is being housed at Millennium, the outfit that released the latest installment in the series, Texas Chainsaw 3D. This film is clearly setting out to further complicate the timeline of an already complicated series. Texas Chainsaw blatantly ignored the timeline established by the first film (which it claimed to be a direct sequel to) by setting it in the present but portraying its lead as way younger than she should have actually been if she had been born in the ’70s. And now we will be seeing another film that further confuses the already questionable series of events. Since Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre saw Leatherface as an adult in the early 1970s, it makes very little sense to set the film in that very same timeframe and portray the character as a teen.