Emerging British actor Asa Butterfield is bouncing back after having been in the running for Spider-Man, replacing Kodi Smit-McPhee in Oscar-nominated ParaNorman director Sam Fell’s first live-action feature, CROAK. Butterfield will now star in the comedy as a young grim reaper caught between the land of the living and oblivion.
The X-Files and Hannibal star Gillian Anderson was attached with Smit-McPhee last spring, though she will be staying on. Stanley Tucci and Flight of the Conchords/What We Do in the Shadows star Jemaine Clement have also joined the cast.
Butterfield is known for his star-making role in Hugo, the success of which led to the young actor staring in the Ender’s Game adaptation. In 2015, Butterfield starred alongside Ethan Hawke in the drama 10,000 Saints and led the drama A Brilliant Young Mind (X+Y).
He’ll next lead another adaptation, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, which is in development at 20th Century Fox, with Tim Burton directing. Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the supernatural fantasy-adventure.
Tucci, who will next appear in the final Hunger Games and in Tom McCarthy’s star-packed drama Spotlight, just wrapped on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Clement recently appeared in the hilarious supernatural mokumentary What We Do in the Shadows and will next appear in Jared Hess’ comedy Don Verdean: Biblical Archeologist and in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG.
Clement is repped by UTA.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor