Jared Harris Spooked By Poltergeist Remake

He'll play a TV ghost hunter

Jared Harris, Mad Men

It must’ve been a busy week for Jared Harris’ agents as he’s lined up a second job in just a couple of days. On top of signing on to Guy Ritchie’s new Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie, the actor is now locking down a role in the Poltergeist remake.

Monster House man Gil Kenan is directing the new take on the story of a family (led by Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell) who move into what they think will be their dream home, only for it to turn into a horrific nightmare of malevolent spirits and – if writer David Lindsay Abaire channels Tobe Hooper’s original – child endangerment.

Harris is set to play a man named Carrigan who has made his name by switching from the dusty halls of academia to presenting one of those nonsensical ghost hunter shows where overenthusiastic types with infrared cameras and electromagnetic detectors claim to detect spirits. Given what’s going to happen in the film it would seem the host and his Haunted House Cleaners team will get a little more than they usually bargain for…

Kenan is set to kick off shooting soon in Toronto, with Fox and MGM aiming at a 2014 release date. Harris, in addition to his U.N.C.L.E. duties, will be seen in Pompeii, The Quiet Ones and has lent his voice to T**he Boxtrolls**.