Jackson White to play Jud Crandall in new ‘Pet Sematary’ movie for Paramount

Jackson White is in final negotiations to star as Jud Crandall in Paramount Players’ follow-up adaptation of the successful 2019 Pet Sematary, based on Stephen King’s book.

The film begins shooting in August and will debut exclusively on Paramount+.

Lindsey Beer will direct the latest script.

In the book, Crandall is the character that introduces the family to the burial ground and later unveils its secrets to the grieving father, something he soon would regret doing. White would mark the third actor to play the role, with Fred Gwynne famously playing Crandall in the 1989 adaptation, while John Lithgow portrayed him in the 2019 pic.

Plot details are unknown at this time. Early reports said this would be a prequel, sources now say the plot’s direction is still being figured out and a prequel is not guaranteed at this time.

The original story, which the 1989 and 2019 pic was also loosely based on, with their own different twists, followed a family, who after tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

The film will debut exclusively on Paramount+. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce. Jeff Buhler, who wrote the 2019 adaptation is writing this latest installment.

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