Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) and Blumhouse are developing a feature film adaptation of the Stephen King novella Mr. Harrigan’s Phone for Netflix, and two more actors have joined the cast. Deadline reports that Colin O’Brien (Wonka) has signed on to play a younger version of the protagonist, Craig (Jaeden Martell, It), with Cyrus Arnold (8-Bit Christmas) playing antagonist Kenny Yankovich.
The cast also includes Donald Sutherland (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) as the titular character, an elderly and reclusive billionaire, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve) as Ms. Hart, Craig’s caring and concerned teacher. The story, which appeared in the King collection If It Bleeds, concerns the friendship that forms between Craig and Mr. Harrigan after the old man hires Craig to read to him. Craig gives Mr. Harrigan an iPhone, which he is eventually buried with, leading Craig to discover that not everything dead is gone when he finds himself able to communicate with his friend from beyond the grave.
The film is expected to release sometime next year.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)