Octavia Spencer to Change it Up with Blumhouse Horror ‘Ma’

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Octavia Spencer is set to star in an upcoming psychological horror film from Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Split, The Purge).

The acclaimed actress is poised to reunite with director Tate Taylor, who directed her to an Oscar win in The Help, on a picture titled Ma. Variety broke the news, reporting that Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans are also on board to star.

“It’s dark material, but it’s also really fun,” Taylor told Variety. “Octavia is so damn likable that we usually see her in certain roles. But she’s such a good actress and this is such a complex character that if I do my job right, people in the audience are going to want to push pause and say, ‘Can we please take you out for coffee so you don’t do what you’re about to do.’”

Intriguing, right? It certainly sounds like there’s a good chance Spencer will be shaking up her oh-so likeable persona with a character that Taylor says will be “the most complex character she’s ever played”.

Although the plot details have been kept under wraps, Deadline may have dug up something substantial:

Spencer will play a lonely woman who befriends a group of teenagers with torturous consequences for the kids.

It appears cooking up a poo pie was just a taste of the darkness to come for Spencer’s on-screen fury.

The screenplay has been written by Scotty Landes, whose previous credits have included more comedic fare such as Comedy Central series Workaholics. Blumhouse had the script and handed it to Taylor, who had expressed his desire to do something different.

“It was so serendipitous, because Octavia and I are always complaining about being offered the same s—, and I read this and thought, ‘Oh f—,’” Taylor told Variety. “This is so f—ing weird and awesome and I want Octavia to be the lead.”

Regarding what we can expect, Taylor, who recently tackled the thriller genre with the Emily Blunt-starring The Girl on the Train, says we’ll be in for scares with depth. “More than being scary, it’s going to make people think. It’s going to have meaning and purpose. At the same time, there will be all the tropes of a horror movie, where you scream and cover your eyes.”

Ma, which will also be starring Diana Silvers (Glass), Corey Fogelmanis (Girl Meets World), McKaley Miller (Hart Of Dixie), Dante Brown (Lethal Weapon) and Gianni Paolo (The Mick), will start filming in Mississippi next week.

Spencer could soon have her second Oscar; the actress has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.

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