Australian up and comer Brenton Thwaites will take the male lead role in indie horror flick “Oculus”, according to Variety. BBC series “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan landed the female lead back in July, with Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, James Lafferty and Miguel Sandoval rounding out the cast, and filming is now underway.
Mike Flanagan is currently directing the film in Mobile, Alabama, from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard. Thwaites and Gillan play a pair of siblings who witnessed the horrific death of their parents when they were children (with Basso and Ryan playing the pair in flashback scenes). The brother was convicted of the crime, while the sister believes an antique mirror was responsible. Ten years later, they are torn between trying to move on or returning to the scene of the crime to solve the mystery.
Thwaites, who recently appeared in the TV Movie reboot “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”, is currently filming the role of the Prince opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty redo “Maleficent” and is vying for the male lead of Dreamworks’ video game adaptation “Need for Speed”, along with fellow Aussie Luke Bracey, among other unnamed actors.