Robert Englund, best known as Freddie Kruger in the franchise A Nightmare On Elm Street has signed on to direct The Vij. According to Variety, Christopher Lee will star in the dark gothic fantasy, playing a God-like character called The Father.

The Vij is a story of an evil genie who conditions the actions of a young priest, leading him to commit murder and fall in love with an old witch who is actually not what she seems. The Vij will also star Englund and Rome-based Russian actress Olga Schuvalova as Alina, the female lead.

Filming for The Vij is scheduled to start in April on location in Italy.