After laying dormant for over a decade, Paramount is bringing The Ring franchise back to life with the all new thriller Rings, set 13 years after the events of the original movie. When production started last March, director F. Javier Gutiérrez teased the presence of iconic villain Samara Morgan in a series of Instagram images. The sequel/reboot is set to hit theaters just in time for Halloween on October 28. Today, we have the first photos from set, which give us our a behind-the-scenes look at Samara, played by actress Bonnie Morgan.
The photos were recently posted to the Rings IMDB page, showing Samara Morgan climbing out of the iconic well. Bonnie Morgan actually served as a stunt contortionist in the 2005 sequel The Ring Two as Samara, a role which Daveigh Chase originated in The Ring. Kelly Stables portrayed Samara in The Ring Two, but it was Bonnie Morgan who stepped in to twist her body in inhuman ways.
Rings was originally set up as a sequel to 2002's The Ring and 2005's The Ring Two, but it kept getting delayed for several years. In 2010, David Loucka came on board to write the script, when the project was being envisioned as a 3D thriller. F. Javier Gutiérrez then came aboard to direct in 2014, and casting started early last year, when Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz joined, and the project was re-christined Rings. The studio originally gave the project a March 13, 2015 release date in 2013, which was pushed to November 13, 2015, then to April 1, 2016 and now it's set for October 28, 2016, where it will go up against Inferno and an untitled Lionsgate horror film.
The story centers on Holt (Alex Roe), who becomes distant with his girlfriend Julia (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) after watching a bizarre videotape. The original film The Ring, which starred Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson and Brian Cox, centered on a similiar tape that causes each person who watches it to die seven days later. The supporting cast of The Ring reboot is rounded out by Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Laura Wiggins, Zach Roerig, Andrea Powell, Brandon Larracuente, Dave Blamy and Surely Alvelo.
Shortly after filming started, a rumor surfaced that the character Aidan Keller, played by David Dorfman in The Ring and The Ring Two, will appear as an adult. That report was never confirmed, and it's worth noting that David Dorfman isn't listed on the sequel's IMDB page. With the October 28 release date getting closer and closer, it isn't known when the first trailer will arrive, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, take a look at the latest photos from Rings, featuring Bonnie Morgan as Samara.