The curse isn’t over yet. Paramount Pictures’ untitled sequel to Smile has rounded out its cast, with Kyle Gallner (The Passenger) returning. Poltergeist actress Rosemarie DeWitt also joins the cast in a still-undisclosed role, The Wrap reports.
Gallner and DeWitt will be joining previously announced cast members Naomi Scott (Charlie’s Angels) and Lukas Gage (The White Lotus). Aside from Gallner reprising his Joel role, the roles of DeWitt, Scott, and Gage in the still-untitled sequel remain unclear.
The sequel to Parker Finn’s supernatural horror film is set to hit theaters on October 18, 2024, just in time for the Halloween countdown. Finn is returning to direct the second Smile feature and will also serve as the upcoming film’s writer.
What is Smile about?
Inspired by Finn’s 2020 short film Laura Hasn’t Slept, Smile — which grossed over $200 million worldwide — follows Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) and all of the bizarre and frightening occurrences she has been experiencing after one of her patients’ died by suicide in front of her, leading her to question her own sanity.
The official synopsis for Smile reads: “After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.”
In addition to Cotter and Gallner, the first Smile film also starred Jessie T. Usher as Trevor, Robin Weigert as Dr. Madeline Northcott, Kal Penn as Dr. Morgan Desai, Rob Morgan as Robert Talley, Gillian Zinser as Holly, Judy Reyes as Victoria Muñoz, and Caitlin Stasey as Laura Weaver. Stasey also appeared in the 2020 short film the film is based on and played the lead character named Laura.