Samara Weaving-headlined horror flick Azrael picked up by Paramount

Samara Weaving in Ready Or Not
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Following a quiet spell, things are looking up for the planned horror movie Azrael, that Samara Weaving is set to headline.

It’s been quite a while since we heard anything regarding Azrael, a horror project starring Samara Weaving, one name in the mix for the current title of reigning Queen of Scream. Weaving has appeared in The Babysitter series but truly announced herself to horror audiences in 2019’s excellent Ready Or Not (in which she is pictured above). She’s since gone on to feature in Scream VI as well. Next up, she’ll be appearing in Azrael, a ‘real-time’ horror film set in a world in which nobody speaks.

The film is complete and according to The Hollywood Reporterhas been picked up by Republic Pictures, a new division of Paramount. That has led to speculation that the film will be getting a wide theatrical release, although that is yet to be confirmed.

Horror fans will want to keep an eye on this one though, simply because of the talent involved. As well as Weaving’s growing horror credentials, the film is directed by E.L. Katz, also a rising name in the genre, having directed episodes of the excellent Haunting Of Bly Manor. What’s more, the project was penned by Simon Barrett, the writer behind The Guest and You’re Next.

We don’t yet have details for UK distribution, nor do we have a release slot but we’re intrigued as to how this might all come together. We’ll bring you more details as we hear them, but until we do, we’ll leave you with the synopsis below:

‘Azrael is set in a world in which no one speaks and centers on a devout, female-led community that hunts down a young woman, the self-titled character played by Weaving, who has escaped her imprisonment. Recaptured by its ruthless leaders, Azrael is to be sacrificed to pacify an ancient evil that resides deep within the surrounding wilderness, but she will stop at nothing to ensure her own freedom and survival.’

More as we hear it…

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