Sam Claflin Joins Jared Harris In Horror Thriller The Quiet Ones
When Sam Claflin was cast as the fresh-faced young man who falls for a mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, he might have been expecting the same career boost that came for Orlando Bloom when he played the similar Will Turner in the original Pirates. But come on-- does anyone honestly remember that movie ever existing, much less Claflin's role in it? He's probably hoping to have better luck with this summer's Snow White and the Huntsman, in which he plays the prince Kristen Stewart presumably marries after her adventures fighting the wicked queen. But if that doesn't work out either, he's set up a considerably smaller project that will probably also offer him a bigger role.
Hammer Films has he's signed on to star opposite Mad Men and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows star Jared Harris in The Quiet Ones, a new supernatural thriller from the same company who recently had their biggest hit yet with The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. The script was written by Craig Rosenberg, John Pogue (who also directs) and, oddly enough, The Messenger and Rampart writer-director Oren Moverman. Harris will star as a professor who conduct controversial experiments and brings some of his students in (presumably Claflin among them) to create poltergeists from "negative human energy," whatever that means.
The success of The Woman in Black, which made $126 million worldwide on a relatively small budget, means The Quiet Ones might get more attention than your average horror film, and Claflin might be able to make more of a name for himself when outside of giant adventure movies with other people as the headliners.
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