After IT shattered records at the box office last year, Hollywood got the hint that Stephen King is in. Looking further into the literary works of the master of horrors, Paramount Pictures is capitalizing by moving forward with a new Pet Sematary film. Set to shoot this summer, the film has already found its lead with Jason Clarke as Louis Creed, and now we know who’ll be playing his lonely neighbor Jud Crandall.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the always amazing John Lithgow has been officially cast as the new Jud. The role was played by Fred Gwynne in the 1989 film, whose performance is unmistakably unique. But this actually seems like fantastic casting to me and I have no doubt the versatile actor will offer his own compelling version of Jud.

In Pet Sematary, Louis Creed’s world is shattered when he loses his son Gage to a terrible accident. His neighbor, Jud Crandall – played by Lithgow in the upcoming remake – tells him about a cursed burial ground which brings those buried there back from the dead. It’s this tale which leads Louis to bury Gage there, but when his son does indeed come back, he’s definitely not the same boy he was before…

The Pet Sematary remake is currently slated to release in theaters on April 19th, 2019. For the sake of nostalgia, you can watch the official trailer for the 1989 film below!

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Jeremy is a head editor and writer for and in addition to contributing to Horror Geek Life. He is also the world's leading expert in all things Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Or, so he believes.

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