The recently announced English language remake of the 2022 Danish horror Speak No Evil seems to be gaining momentum. Last week we reported that James McAvoy will headline the project helmed by Eden Lake director James Watkins, and now more star power boards the project with the addition of actress Mackenzie Davis.
Davis is perhaps best known for her leading turn in 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate. Although the film was commercially unsuccessful, Davis won praise for her turn as human-machine hybrid Grace Harper. Davis is no stranger to the horror genre either, having appeared as the lead character in 2020’s The Turning, an updated telling of the ghost story Turn of the Screw. Most recently, Davis received a Critic’s Choice Award for her role in post-apocalyptic miniseries Station Eleven.
Speak No Evil tells the tale of a Dutch family spending time with a Danish family they met on vacation. However, their idyllic weekend takes a decidedly sinister turn as the Danes become more and more threatening as time passes.
The original Speak No Evil was lauded for both its performances and execution when released in 2022. Given the success, it is little surprise an English-language remake is being fast tracked by Blumhouse and Universal. It does beg the question will the premise translate just as well when adapted to fit the English language? This is a project worth keeping an eye on, and we will bring you more updates as they come in.