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.