After the conclusion of the strikes of the writers' and actors' unions, the casting process of Smile 2horror thriller sequel Smilefrom the screenwriter and director Park Finn and Paramount Players from Paramount Pictures, was officially launched.

The first signing has just been announced this week, and it is Naomi Scottwho according to reports from Deadline, got the lead role in what is described as an extremely competitive casting.

The details of his role remain under wraps for now.

Scott is known for her role as Princess Jasmine in the live-action Aladdin from Disney. Later she was part of the main cast of projects such as the reboot of Power Rangers (2017), where she played Kimberly Hart aka Pink Ranger, and the remake Charlie’s Angels (2019). On the small screen you can find her in the Netflix miniseries, Anatomy of a Scandal. We will soon see her in science fiction Distantsharing credits with Anthony Ramos and Zachary Quinto, and Wizards! from A24, sharing the screen with Pete Davidson, Sean Harris, and Orlando Bloom.

Smile became one of the biggest horror film surprises of 2022. Its good box office (more than $217 million in the global box office and a budget of just $17 million), and the great reception by critics and the audience , they assured that Paramount gave the green light to the sequel with Finn again as writer and director.

The filmmaker signed a multi-year first-look deal with Paramount, with the sequel one of the priorities. Parker will script, produce and direct projects in the horror genre through this agreement with the studio.

Paramount set the theatrical release of Smile 2 for October 18, 2024.

Smile It marked Finn's debut as a feature film writer-director. He previously wrote and directed the short films The Hidebehind (2018), y Laura Hasn’t Slept (2020), the latter was precisely the inspiration to create Smile. Here you can see the short film.

The plot of the titled Smile in our market, it focuses on the character played by Bacon sauce, Dr. Rose Cotter, whose patient dies in front of her after telling her about a horror she witnessed that made her smile chillingly. Whatever she saw, she apparently passes it on to Rose, a la movies like The Ring, The Grudge, It Follows, Countdown, among other. From this moment, Rose begins to experience horrible events that she cannot explain, and she must confront her disturbing past in order to survive and escape her new and horrible reality.

Word of mouth was a key element in the great commercial success of Smileand we cannot forget a great marketing campaign by Paramount, which included a strategy that went viral, in which some people smiled menacingly in public places, as in the case of MLB, NFL, and television broadcasts.

Plot details Smile 2 They have not been revealed at the moment. Previously, Finn had this to say about how he would approach the story in a sequel:

“I made Smile so that, of course, it would stand alone and tell its own story. I never in a million years thought there would be so much demand for a sequel. But having said that, I think there are definitely things within the film that remain deliberately unexplored and “That would be really exciting to delve into them, and also things that I didn't have the opportunity to do in the first one, either because of budgetary limitations or if it doesn't quite fit the story and I think that would be really exciting.”

“I still feel like I never want to overtly repeat myself or do the same thing I just did, but I think there could be a really exciting way for there to be more to the world of Smile, but something very unexpected and surprising to an audience with a lot of tricks under the belt.” sleeve”.


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