Monday, November 11, 2013

Casting For 'Ouija' Film Underway

Thanks to a tip from our friend, Ouija historian Bob Murch, we’ve learned that a film based on the Hasbro board game, “Ouija,” is looking for lead roles. Universal Pictures is in the process of casting teens and young adults to play in the thriller.

According to the casting call, Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes, in association with Blumhouse Productions, is ready to begin shooting the film and the casting director is now auditioning actors for lead roles. The roles being cast are that of high school-aged teens and shooting will occur at Universal Studios in Hollywood, as well as surrounding outdoor locations in the LA area.

A big-budget family adventure-based story was originally brought to the table back in 2011 but was put on the back burner due to budget concerns. The project has now been approved with not only a more streamlined budget but a new screenplay. According to the announcement, “Filmmaker Stiles White is directing "Ouija" from an original screenplay that he wrote with his horror screenwriting partner Juliet Snowden.”

Here’s a rundown of the plot:

The story now centers on a group of teens who attempt to make contact with a recently deceased classmate. After high school senior Laine Moreno's lifelong best friend Debbie Galardi suddenly dies, Laine discovers that Debbie had been experimenting with a Ouija board. When Lanie begins to use the board, terrifying things begin to happen in the lives of her friends, sister Sarah, skeptical boyfriend Trevor, and Debbie's boyfriend Pete - who harbors secrets about Debbie's fate.

For more details on the casting, click here. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

It's actually been a busy time for Talking Boards! You can read more on "The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board" in Smithsonian Magazine, featuring Bob Murch and spiritualism historian, Brandon Hodge. Bob and Brandon will also be discussing all things Ouija on Unknown Origins Radio tonight, November 11, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

-Larissa Mrykalo