We've known about Wes Craven's 25/8 -- which will mark the first time he's written and directed a film since 1994's New Nightmare -- for a couple of months now. The horror film will follow seven fifteen-year olds who are haunted by a serial killer who supposedly died on the day they were born. (As Scott pointed out when the project was announced, this sounds a little familiar.) Now, the Hollywood Reporter tells us who'll be playing some of the teenagers: Denzel Whitaker (The Great Debaters), Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson), Emily Meade (the upcoming Assassination of a High School President) and, maybe most interestingly, Henry Lee "Little Dennis" Hopper, making his acting debut.

The Hollywood Reporter article actually has a neat little profile of Dennis Hopper's son, whom Craven met at a party and invited to audition for the film. It makes a point of emphasizing how surprisingly not-screwed-up Henry Lee has turned out to be, despite growing up with one of Hollywood's craziest personalities. The elder Hopper's career is hard to top for sheer weirdness, but a Wes Craven movie is probably a good place to start.

No one (except maybe Craven) can say much about Henry Lee Hopper's acting chops, but the casting of Whitaker and Epps, who both gave insanely self-assured performances in The Great Debaters and Half Nelson, respectively, is promising. Good acting can do wonders for a horror film.

And speaking of Wes Craven, I can't believe I left the brilliant teaser for Red Eye out of my Art of Trailering post a couple of days ago. I must have watched it a dozen times in 2005.