Trailer for Film Adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle Arrives

Here's your first look at the next story to be adapted from the author of The Haunting of Hill House.

By Chris Morse

Next month will bring another one of Shirley Jackson’s books to life in We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The Haunting of Hill House author penned this novel back in 1962, telling the story of what remains of a particularly troubled and isolated family after certain tragedy struck when they were all poisoned with arsenic several years prior.

Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Nun) plays the part of Merricat Blackwood, one member of this surviving family unit. She is joined by Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D) as her sister, Constance, and Crispin Glover (Back to the Future, American Gods) as her uncle, Julian. The trio live a peaceful life on their own, despite being hated by the local townspeople, until the arrival of their cousin Charles, played by Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War), who seeks to claim the family fortune for himself.

Mark Kruger adapted the Shirley Jackson novel to screenplay, with directing credits going to Stacie Passon, who had the following to say about the classic story she had the opportunity to bring to life.

I read Castle first when I was in high school. It is smart, suspenseful, dark satire. The story, narrated by an 18-year-old sociopathic girl named Merricat Blackwood, is a rich mix of American political and social commentary. The themes of isolation, gender, class warfare seem even more relevant today.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle will be released in theaters and on VOD on May 17th, 2019. As usual, keep your eyes peeled on Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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