By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Despite the title, the actor who was once the Wolfman is playing a human this time, albeit a haunted one.
Variety reports that Del Toro has come aboard to star in and executive-produce REPTILE, which will be directed by music-video veteran Grant Singer in his feature debut. Singer scripted with Benjamin Brewer, and Del Toro will play “Nichols, a hardened New England detective unflinching in his pursuit of a case where nothing is as it seems, one that begins to dismantle the illusions in his own life,” according to the trade.
The producing team at Black Label Media, whose previous credits include the SICARIO films, say in a statement, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with one of the most talented emerging filmmakers, Grant Singer on his original script alongside the brilliant Benicio Del Toro. Grant is a bold storyteller who has crafted a sophisticated, visceral psychological thriller and we’re ecstatic for the opportunity to make something truly haunting and suspenseful that will resonate with the audience long after the film ends.” The film is scheduled to get rolling next spring.