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As was confirmed earlier this month by director F. Javier Gutierrez, the upcoming horror film Rings is a sequel that is set 13 years after the events that occurred in both The Ring and The Ring Two. Most sequels might use this long stretch of time to have the story detach from the original and move forward with an entirely new plot and group of characters, but that's evidently not what Rings will be doing. Instead, new reports are saying that the movie will have a link to the previous features specifically through one very important character.
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So who is this mysterious link? Well, according to sources over at Shock Till You Drop, the answer to that question is Aidan Keller, a.k.a. the son of Naomi Watts' character, Rachel Keller. You'll remember him as the young creepy kid played by David Dorfman who had a mysterious link to the actions of the killer Samara. At this point in time, it is unknown if Dorfman will be coming back to reprise the role, though it is said that it will be an adult version of the character (presumably in his early 20s, going by Aidan's age in the first movie).
It's worth noting that Dorfman hasn't actually been in a feature film since the 2008 comedy Drillbit Taylor, though that's probably because he has been a bit busy working on other pursuits. In 2006, at the age of 13, he was accepted into UCLA's undergraduate program, and he wound up graduating valedictorian. When he was 18, he was accepted into Harvard Law School.
In addition to the news about Aidan's role in Rings, STYD also provides a rather slim plot description for the movie. According to their sources, the movie will be about "two young lovers" who find themselves trying to stop the curse of Samara after the boyfriend, played by Alex Roe, watches the franchise's famous tape. In the cast, Roe is joined by both Matilda Lutz and Aimee Teegarden, though at this time it's unclear what roles they will be playing. Production on the movie is currently underway in Atlanta, but Paramount Pictures has the project on track to be released November 13th.