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26 January 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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With filming set to start on Frank Darabont’s The Mist – an adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novella that is already one of Empire’s ten most anticipated projects – very soon, and only Thomas Jane confirmed in the lead role, we were wondering when Mr. Frank would get a move on with casting the rest of the movie’s characters.

The answer, clearly, was ‘today’, when Darabont revealed two more additions to his low-budget horror movie, about an otherworldly mist, containing all manner of nasty Lovecraftian beasties, that consumes a small town in Maine (and beyond), forcing a small group of disparate characters into a supermarket, where they must not only fend off the creatures without, but the monsters within…

Jane’s been on board as the heroic David Drayton for a while now, and today he was joined by Laurie Holden and the mighty Andre Braugher, who you should all know from the wonderful and oft-lamented TV show, Homicide: Life On The Street.

Holden, who also starred in Darabont’s last movie, 2001’s The Majestic, will play Amanda Dumfries, a local woman who establishes a connection with Drayton during the siege. “She is stupendous, talented and gorgeous," Darabont told The Hollywood Reporter. "She plays a very key role as one the people trapped in this existential Stephen King nightmare. On the good side of the aisle, she is the female lead of the movie."

And, over on the bad side of the aisle is Braugher, who will play Brenton Norton, a high-powered lawyer who is also Drayton’s neighbour, and who quickly proves antagonistic when the titular menace comes rolling in.

Darabont and King fans will of course be aware that Bob Gunton's bad guy prison warden in The Shawshank Redemption also bore the surname, ‘Norton’… perhaps a sign that The Mist is drifting in the right direction? Empire certainly thinks so – everything we’ve heard and seen about this project so far would indicate that it’s worth getting excited about. Darabont may have a reputation as the new Frank Capra, but deep inside he’

Darabont will shoot the movie, budgeted around the $15 million mark and with gruesome designs and effects by the team at KNB, in Louisiana from February, with an eye on a 2008 release. Look for more from Darabont on The Mist on this very website soon.

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Could be amongst the best King films
I know that's not saying much but with Darabont at the helm this fantastically scary, disturbing and depressing short story could become a classic film. Here's hoping anyway. More

Posted by sharp5150 at 21:31 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: (SPOILER) Ending (SPOILER)
The story is awesome. One of my favourite Stephen King stories. It's gonna rock on the big screen. More

Posted by damn im good! at 15:48 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: (SPOILER) Ending (SPOILER)
The story is nothing like either - possibly a slight confusion with the former just because a weather phenomenon is mentioned?   It was always one of my favourite short storys and I'll watch Braugher in just about anything. Comparing Darabont to Capra it is a bit of a joke though! More

Posted by elab49 at 13:08 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: (SPOILER) Ending (SPOILER)
like a rip-off of The Fog and Dawn of the Dead. More

Posted by Dave B at 12:03 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

(SPOILER) Ending (SPOILER)
I hope they do something with the ending though. As the main character points out, it's annoyingly openended. More

Posted by Cethan at 11:33 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

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"Darabont may have a reputation as the new Frank Capra, but deep inside he’" this has the promise of an interesting insight - what's the rest? More

Posted by domconlon at 10:59 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

This could be quite good indeed. The Mist is a brilliant short story. One of those stories I read and immediatly thought someone should make a movie about! Now if someone can finaly get Clive Barker's 'Midnight Meat Train' rolling... More

Posted by distortEd at 09:09 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

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