As production begins on Lisa Frankenstein in New Orleans, Deadline brings word that Focus Features has enlisted four new cast members, who will be joining the previously announced leads of Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse.

The Haunting of Hill House star Carla Gugino and Filipino-American actress Liza Soberano (Alone/Together) have been tapped to join Zelda Williams’ forthcoming horror comedy along with  Joe Chrest (Stranger Things) and Henry Eikenberry (The Crowded Room).

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Lisa Frankenstein is written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody. The film will be set in 1989 following an unpopular high school student, “who accidentally re-animates a handsome Victorian corpse during a lightning storm and starts to rebuild him into the man of her dreams using the broken tanning bed in her garage,” according to the logline.

Cody is producing along with Mason Novick, with Jeff Lampert set as an executive producer and Focus Features’ VP of Production and Development Michelle Momplaisir as a creative executive.

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Newton is best known for her supporting roles in films such as Lady Bird, Blockers, Ben Is Back, and Detective Pikachu. Her first leading role was in Blumhouse’s slasher comedy Freaky. She is set to make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut next year in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, portraying the role of Cassie Lang.

Cole Sprouse found success early on in his career after appearing as a child actor in Friends, and even starring in his own iconic Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Years after the conclusion of The Suite Life on Deck, Sprouse went on to star in The CW’s Riverdale as Jughead. He was most recently seen in HBO Max’s sci-fi romantic comedy Moonshot.



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