Actor Sam Claflin is set to star in Bagman, a new supernatural thriller from Lionsgate.
The news comes from THR, which also reports that The Girl with All the Gifts and Outcast (2010) director Colm McCarthy will helm the horror movie written by John Hulme.
The film follows “a father, played by Claflin, who desperately struggles against his deepest inner fear when the childhood monster he once vanquished returns to haunt him. This time, however, the father has to muster the strength to not just fight for himself but for his family.”
“Since we first worked with him on Catching Fire, Sam has grown into a compelling leading man,” said Lionsgate motion picture president Nathan Kahane. “We’re thrilled that he responded so strongly to this project.”
Claflin previously starred as Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games franchise for the studio, and it remains one of his most recognizable roles. In horror, Claflin most recently appeared in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho (pictured above) in a mysterious, brief, but integral part. His turn as Hawkins in Jennifer Kent’s merciless and chilling The Nightingale also demonstrated his range in the genre space. That he joins The Girl with All the Gifts’ McCarthy for this project raises its potential for something unique and set apart from similar imaginary friend horror movies. Both McCarthy and Claflin are tied to the popular historical crime series “Peaky Blinders,” though they did not cross paths during their work on the show.
Marty Bowen (“Lisey’s Story,” “The Outsider,” “Mr. Mercedes”) and Wyck Godfrey (“Mr. Mercedes,” Alien vs. Predator) are producing. Overseeing the project for Lionsgate are Meredith Wieck and Jorge Alfaro. Temple Hill exec John Fischer brought the project in and will oversee for the company.
Bagman is being introduced to international buyers soon at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
Stay tuned for more details as they arrive.