2013 marked the first year fans didn't get to see a Paranormal Activity movie since the micro-budget franchise first launched in 2009. Thankfully, there will be a double-dose of found-footage fright this year, with the recently-released spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Paranormal Activity 5, arriving in theaters October 25. As is normally the case, no plot details have been confirmed regarding Paranormal Activity 5, although today we do have information about the new characters Paramount and the producers are currently casting.
The main characters are Ryan, a video game designer who recently relocated his family from New York to Palo Alto, California, for his new job at Rockstar Games. The producers are seeking an actor between the ages of 26 and 31 to play the character, who is described as a "big kid." Ryan's wife Emily is described as somewhat of a hippie who is into organic food, yoga, the arts and music, while sporting a number of tattoos. She is, "constantly on the go" and has, "an air of maturity about her." Emily had a sister who passed away a year before the story takes place. Ryan and Emily have a 6-year-old daughter named Leila, who is said to be a fearless and opinionated tomboy. Ryan also has a twin brother named Mike, who is a, "less fitter, less funkier version of his brother." Naturally, the story revolves around this family who discover that strange things are happening in their new home. Franchise mainstay Katie Featherston is also returning as Katie.
Gregory Plotkin is making his directorial debut on Paranormal Activity 5, after serving as editor on Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4 and Paranormal Activity 5. He is directing from a script by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. Production is scheduled to begin next month in Los Angeles.