Aussie Actor Jason Clarke in Talks to Star in ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake

The upcoming Pet Sematary remake may have its star.

Paramount Pictures has a new adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic novel in the works, and it looks like Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Zero Dark Thirty) may be starring.

According to THR, the Aussie actor has entered negotiations to lead the film as Dr. Louis Creed. King’s book tells the story of Creed and his family, who move from the city to the country near the small town of Ludlow. And wouldn’t you know it? Turns out they’ve moved near a pet cemetery situated on an ancient burial ground. Dale Midkiff played Creed in the 1989 movie directed by Mary Lambert.

The remake will be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the duo behind the 2014 fantasy-horror film Starry Eyes. Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and David Kajganich (The Terror, A Bigger Splash) are behind the script, with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider producing.

Pet Sematary is scheduled to arrive in Australia on 18 April 2019 and open in US cinemas on 19 April 2019.

Clarke was recently seen in the Australia-US co-production horror film Winchester and is earning strong reviews for his turn as Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick, currently in US cinemas and opening in Australia on May 10. The actor has a number of films on the horizon, including Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, starring Ryan Gosling; post-WWII drama The Aftermath, co-starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård; and Serenity, a dramatic thriller from writer-director Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke) also starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Diane Lane.