It would appear that the makers of Leatherface, the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 seminal horror classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre, have watched George Lucas’ Star Wars Prequel Trilogy way too many times. In the original films, Leatherface is more monster than man, so of course we’re now going to see how he used to be a angsty youngster first.
That appeared to be the case when it was revealed last week that 21-year old Eastenders star Sam Strike was being cast in the title role as the early incarnation of the famed chainsaw-wielding killer. But now The Wrap is reporting that things may not be as straightforward as that as they reveal that young newcomer James Bloor has also been cast to play a “budding young maniac” in the movie. And that’s because Leatherface is actually being pitched as “a mystery of sorts about three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface”. So a whodunnit of sorts – or more accurately: a whogonnadoit.
There’s no word yet on who the third Leatheface hopeful would be, but it as been revealed that Strike and Bloor will be playing characters named Jackson and Ike respectively. What’s interesting about that is that it’s been established that Leatherface’s real name is Jedidiah Sawyer, which clearly none of these are. The Wrap also reports that Angela Bettis has joined the prequel to play Verna Sawyer, Jedidiah’s mother and the family matriarch. This reveals that this prequel will be set in the continuity of 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D – in which Verna was first introduced, played by Marilyn Burns – which ignored the rest of the less well-received follow-up movies in the franchise, and was a rebooted direct sequel to the original film.
This is confirmed by the fact that this new film is being produced by the same team of Carl Mazzocone, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman from Texas Chainsaw 3D. This prequel is being written by Seth M. Sherwood, while cult-favourite French horror directing duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo will be helming it. No release date has been set yet.
Last Updated: March 16, 2015