Paramount Pictures has cast little-known Italian actress Matilda Lutz as the female lead for Rings, a follow-up to 2002's The Ring and 2005's The Ring Two which was formerly known as The Ring 3D. While it hasn't been confirmed, this project is expected to continue the continuity from the first two thrillers, although it will feature a brand new cast. Naomi Watts, who starred in both The Ring and The Ring Two, will not be returning for the sequel.
No details were given for Matilda Lutz's character, but the story is said to feature the tormented Samara and a deadly videotape, although no specific story details were released. We reported in July that F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall, The Crow) signed on to direct, with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman coming aboard in August to rewrite the script, which was originally written by David Loucka (House at the End of the Street, Dream House) and later reworked by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek, The Details). The script is based on the 1991 novel by Kôji Suzuki.
Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, although it isn't known when shooting is planned to get under way. Both The Ring and The Ring Two earned over $400 million worldwide. Matilda Lutz has previously starred in the films The Fifth Wheel and Someone Beautiful, and she also had a recurring role on the Italian comedy series Fuoriclasse.