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In 2015, a classic horror series got rebooted when Goosebumps debuted on the big screen. Now the franchise is looking to return later this year, and it is assembling an entirely new cast to bring its classic, kid-friendly monsters to life. Fresh details related to the Goosebumps 2 ensemble have started to flow in, and it looks like the film has officially enlisted the acting chops of IT's Jeremy Ray Taylor, among others.

After delving into the hard-R horror world for Andy Muschietti's IT, it looks like Jeremy Ray Taylor is about to approach the horror genre from another angle. The young actor has officially signed on for an unspecified role in Goosebumps 2, making him one of four new leads brought onboard for the sequel's story.

Goosebumps 2 might not be the only sequel currently on Jeremy Ray Taylor's radar. In addition to the family-friendly take on the horror genre, he also recently spoke to CinemaBlend about the development of IT: Chapter 2, and expressed an interest in getting onboard for the sequel to Andy Muschietti's 2017 horror hit. That said, we still don't know if he will return to the R-rated fright fest when all is said and done.

IT's Jeremy Ray Taylor isn't the only young actor who has signed on for Goosebumps 2. The Variety report revealing his involvement in the project has also confirmed the presence of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's Madison Iseman, as well as Castle Rock's Caleel Harris and Manchester by the Sea's Ben O'Brien. With Jack Black possibly not returning to reprise his role as R.L. Stine from the first movie (though it's rumored that he will return to provide the voice of Slappy), it looks like the sequel could skew younger by placing the focus more squarely on a group of kids.

Despite how much we now know about the cast of Goosebumps 2, we still don't know much about the film itself. The plot remains under wraps at this stage of the sequels' development, and all we really know is that the sequel intends to focus more heavily on iconic characters from the Goosebumps stories. Although we still do not know much about the actual movie yet, it generally sounds like the burgeoning series is potentially shifting away from the more meta approach of the first movie to emphasize some of the classic tales that many 1990s kids grew up loving.

CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the development of Goosebumps 2 as more details related to the film become available to us. The film is currently slated to debut in theaters later this year on October 12, 2018, just in time for the creepy 2018 Halloween horror movie season.