by: Sammy Mink
J. LaRose and Bryan Batt have signed on to star in ABBATOIR. The horror/thriller centers on an investigative reporter who works to solve the mystery of a haunted house constructed from rooms of the deceased. They join Joe Anderson, Jessica Lowndes, Dayton Callie, and Lin Shaye, who have already been cast. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing the project, which he co-wrote with David Schow and Teddy Tenenbaum.
LaRose is known for his horror/thriller work, having appeared in both Saw III and Saw IV, James Wan’s Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2, and Bousman’s horror musical The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia! LaRose also played Willy Mears in Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me. Next up, he has a whole slate of thrillers, including Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Dark Places, Patricio Valladares’ Hidden in the Woods, and Russell Friedenberg’s Wind Walkers.
Batt played Salvatore Romano on Mad Men before going on to roles in Judd Apatow’s dramedy Funny People, Peter Landesman’s Parkland, and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. His upcoming projects include roles in Austin Stark’s The Runner and the comedy Sam with Morgan Fairchild and Stacy Keach.