This week sees the beginning of production on upcoming Halloween-themed slasher Trick, the latest movie from director Patrick Lussier, in New York. Character actor Omar Epps is set to appear as the lead, Detective Mike Denver, in the flick. The role was previously slated for Dermot Mulroney.
Epps’ Denver is a cop on the edge, obsessed with a serial killer who’s eluded him for many years. The actor’s 20-year career includes roles in House, Love & Basketball, and most recently the USA Network’s Shooter.
Lussier will be well known to horror fans for helming the 2009 remake of My Bloody Valentine, as well as Dracula 2000, Drive Angry, and White Noise 2: The Light. The script for Trick, by he and Farmer, marks the duo’s third collaboration following My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry. Lussier’s impressive career began working alongside the legendary, and dearly missed, Wes Craven on the Scream franchise, as well as Red Eye, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and Vampire in Brooklyn.
Farmer is beloved of horror fans thanks to his no-holds-barred revelations about how difficult his life in Hollywood has been, most notably in his devastating op-ed From Hollywood to Homeless, as well as his appearance on The Movie Crypt with Adam Green and Joe Lynch. The prolific screenwriter penned the likes of The Messengers, which starred Kristen Stewart, and cult hit Jason X, among many others.
Trick is notable for re-teaming these two fan faves, as well as boasting a great hook, with the story centering on an elusive serial killer who hits a small town annually (around the spookiest season, reportedly), committing gruesome murders, all of which are seemingly unrelated. Although nobody seems to think it’s the same killer, Denver knows better, having faced the elusive Trick once before.
Featuring alongside Epps as Denver are Ellen Adair (Homeland, Billions, The Sinner) as the sheriff of Benton, survivor Cheryl Winston (Blindspot’s Kristina Reyes), the last person to have seen Trick and who can possibly corroborate Denver’s theory, frequent George A. Romero collaborator Tom Atkins, and Scream vet Jamie Kennedy.
Producer Ellen Wander stated enthusiastically, “We are thrilled to get into production with Omar and Patrick and can’t wait to have this film be seen by audiences everywhere.”
Stay tuned to the site for more info on Trick as it becomes available.