Lorraine Toussaint
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Award winning-actor Lorrain Toussaint has played a variety of characters, some of which have been kind and nurturing and some that have been pure evil.  So when she was cast for the upcoming Guillermo del Toro-produced horror anthology film ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, it was anyone’s guess what type of role she would be playing, but whatever one might have assumed, is probably wrong.

Toussaint, whose TV series, NBC’s drama ‘The Village’ is coming to the end of its first season, appeared on The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, where she briefly discussed ‘Scary Stories…’ saying:

“I play an 80-year-old blind woman in the grips of a very violent vision. And when Guillermo del Toro calls, you say yes.  It was something that I’ve never done, playing that kind of age. And I was particularly flattered that he called me to play this 80-year-old woman. I hope you like it.”

André Øvredal is directing ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, based on Alvin Schwartz‘s omnibuses.  Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman co-wrote the script based on a story by del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan.  Joining Toussaint in the cast are Austin Abrams, Gil Bellows, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Natalie Ganzhorn, Michael Garza, Dean Norris, Kathleen Pollard, Gabriel Rush, and Austin Zajur.

[‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’] is set in 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ opens on August 9, 2019.