Magic Mike's Cody Horn Will Hunt Ghosts For A New James Wan Thriller

Most reading this probably recognize Cody Horn from her stints on NBC’s The Office (where she played Jordan) or FX’s Rescue Me (where she had a lengthy stay as Emily). Her breakout film role was opposite Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike -- where she played the concerned older sister to Tatum’s impressionable protégé – but she’s looking to build on that exposure in additional film roles.

Heat Vision claims that Horn has signed on to Dimension’s Untitled James Wan Thriller, which we once reported as working under the tentative title House of Horrors (Wan is producing). Horn joins Maria Bello and Frank Grillo in a Will Cannon-directed story. It will follow a psychologist (Bello) and a policeman (Grillo) who interrogate the sole survivor of a ghost attack that leaves five people dead. Horn, according to THR, will play a ghost hunter. The film is about to begin production in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

I was late to the Magic Mike party, catching up with it on DVD long after it made headlines during its theatrical run. Watching the film, I couldn’t believe how low-energy and flat Horn was, especially compared to the intensity and passion people like Tatum and, especially, Matthew McConaughey, were bringing to the table in each and every scene. It was like she was acting in a different movie. And not a better movie.

Horn – the daughter of Walt Disney Studio chairman Alan Horn – is young (24), and hopefully will improve and mature as she acquires more experience in front of the camera. I’m interested in virtually anything that Wan supports, be it an Insidious sequel of his period thriller, The Conjuring. But I’m curious what he and Cannon saw in Horn. Let’s hope whatever it was, it translates to the screen and makes this untitled movie a better watch.

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