There are casting announcements that make you howl with despair (I’m looking at you, Wolverine) and there are ones that restore your faith in the magic of movies. This is one of those.
Variety has announced that Hugo Weaving will be bringing his deep and scary voice to Universal’s upcoming remake of The Wolfman, and taking on the role of Detective Aberline. (Cue all the Matrix, "Evening, Mr. Talbot" jokes as Aberline hunts Talbot across the moors.)
Weaving rounds out an already impressive cast of Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Hopkins. I know for many, the thought of touching those classic monster movies is complete sacrilege, but if you are going to do a remake, it doesn’t get any better than this. Hopefully, Mark Romanek’s departure is the only calamity to befall this production and it make a painless transformation (ha ha) to the big screen.
The only flaw remaining is that February release date. I’m glad studios are now realizing people like to see good films in all the months of the year, but The Wolfman really ought to command an October or November release. The atmosphere is just ripe for some Gothic horror. And some of us don’t want to see the 25th Saw installment.