The answer is David Tennant. Fresh off his turn as Dr. Who on the wildly popular BBC series, Tennant is set to tackle the part made famous by Roddy McDowall in the original. Tennant's Peter Vincent won't be a late night horror host, but instead a Las Vegas magician who incorporates horror movie elements into his act. Charlie (Anton Yelchin) comes to the performer because he's a "vampire expert" -- but he turns out to be far less helpful than Charlie imagined.
I like the casting of Tennant, even though I'm only passingly familiar with his work on Dr. Who. My first reaction to news of Peter Vincent being a Vegas magician was one of disappointment, but after mulling it over, it makes sense. We live in a world of Criss Angels now -- most kids today don't even know what a late night horror host is. Times are changing -- it makes sense that Fright Night is trying to keep up.
The other casting news released was no less impressive. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is set to tackle the role of Evil Ed. Mintz-Plasse is best known as Superbad's McLovin' and fresh off his turn as Red Mist in Kick-Ass. Tennant and Mintz-Plasse join a cast that includes Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, and Colin Farrell.
Fright Night should land in theaters sometime next year. What do you think of this casting news? Share your opinion in the comment section below.