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Katie Holmes to Star in Horror Thriller 'The Boy 2'

The sequel, to be directed by William Brent Bell for STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment, follows from the 2016 hit 'The Boy.'

The Hollywood Reporter
by Etan Vlessing

Katie Holmes is set to star in The Boy 2 for STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment.

The horror thriller, a follow-up to 2016's The Boy, which starred Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans, will see Holmes fill the role of Liza. Genre filmmaker William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) will return to direct The Boy 2 after he first helms the Rupert Friend-starrer Separation.

The cameras will start rolling on The Boys 2 in Victoria, British Columbia in early 2019. The horror thriller will portray a young family moving into an estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily lifelike doll he calls Brahms.

The Boy 2 is written by Stacey Menear, and will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, as well as Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.

Brent Bell’s The Boy grossed $68 million worldwide. "Following the success of The Boy, we are thrilled to be working on the next chapter of this chilling Brahms story with Stacey and William," Lakeshore’s Lucchesi said in a statement.

Holmes is repped by Untitled Entertainment and ICM Partners. Brent Bell is repped by ICM Partners.