In a surprise decision, up-and-coming actress Andi Matichak has beaten out stiff competition for the young lead in David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween movie, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Jamie Lee Curtis is set to reprise her iconic Scream Queen role as Laurie Strode, and Judy Greer is set to play her daughter, Karen Strode. Matichak is believed to be playing Greer’s daughter and Curtis’ granddaughter, and it seems safe to assume she’ll be put in harm’s way upon crossing paths with Michael Myers.
Green, whose drama Stronger deserves a closer look this awards season, is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. Jason Blum is producing for Blumhouse along with Malek Akkad and his Trancas International Films, as well as Miramax. Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner along with original Halloween creator John Carpenter, who will contribute music to the horror film.
Universal will release the new Halloween movie next October.
This is a huge get for Matichak, a Chicago native who turned heads as a model and trained with well-known Meisner instructors Kathryn Gately and Nina Murano. Matichak has appeared on such TV series as Blue Bloods, Underground, 666 Park Avenue and Orange Is the New Black. On the feature side, she recently wrapped the sci-fi movie Replicate with Calum Worthy, Joel Courtney and Cam Gigandet, and she appeared alongside Paul Reiser and Molly Shannon in the indie film Miles.
Matichak is represented by Innovative Artists, which has been on a hot streak of late between Kathryn Newton booking the female lead in Legendary’s Detective Pikachu, and It star Jack Dylan Grazer joining DC’s Shazam! movie.
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