EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Gelula (Dream Scenario) has joined Paramount Pictures’ untitled sequel to Smile, the 2022 horror thriller from Parker Finn, which went on to outsized success in theaters after initially being set to debut on Paramount+.
The actress joins an ensemble that also includes Naomi Scott, Lukas Gage, Kyle Gallner and Rosemarie DeWitt, as previously announced.
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Details as to the plot and cast members’ roles are under wraps. But Finn has returned to direct from his own script, with Temple Hill producing. The sequel is slated for release on October 18, 2024, when it will go up against an unnamed title from Universal Pictures.
Grossing over $217M at the worldwide box office, Smile was one of the great, unexpected box office successes of 2022. One of a number of original studio horror films of late to expand into a franchise, pic tells the story of Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon), a psychiatrist who becomes increasingly convinced she is being threatened by an uncanny entity, after witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient.
Most recently seen starring opposite Nicolas Cage in A24’s comedy Dream Scenario, which world premiered at TIFF, Gelula has previously taken on roles in films like the Prime video rom-com I Want You Back, Cooper Raiff’s directorial debut Shithouse, Jeff Baena’s Horse Girl starring Alison Brie, the Elisabeth Moss-led punk rocker drama Her Smell, Andrew Bujalski’s Gotham and Independent Spirit Award-nominated Support the Girls, and Max Winkler’s sex comedy Flower. Previously appearing on shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Shameless and Casual, she’ll also soon be seen in the third season of the Emmy-winning Max comedy, Hacks.
Gelula is represented by Gersh, Mosaic and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
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