I was starting to think my devotion to the franchise was just compelling me to believe Final Destination 5 would be a huge step up from the last installment, but now it's really looking like it's got a shot at returning to the good old days, the pre-The Final Destination days, the days when Tony Todd had a part. Yes, it's true, Mr. Bludworth is finally coming back. Actually, according to Bloody Disgusting, the only information that we have right now is that Todd will be back; there's no mention of who he'll portray and considering his role was reduced to voicing the devil-themed rollercoaster in the third film and, if I'm correct, the train conductor at the end, Todd could really pop up anywhere.

And this isn't it; there's more good news for Final Destination 5

Also via Bloody Disgusting, the film snatched up a few more cast members. In addition to Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta and Todd, the roster now includes Nicholas D'Agosto, Ellen Wroe and Meghan Ory. Ory has a pretty long list of credits, none of which I'm familiar with or at least enough to recall her performance, and Wroe is basically a newcomer, so my excitement for this casting update revolves solely around D'Agosto. Say what you want about Fired Up, but I found the guy pretty hilarious in it and would like to bet he'd make for a much better snarky friend than The Final Destination's Nick Zano. Even better, he's funny, but doesn't need to be pigeonholed as the film's comedic relief; he's got range. He made for a great addition to Heroes when he played Claire's fling, the high-flying West and this is going way back, but who can forget D'Agosto's brief but memorable feature film debut in Election as Larry Fouch? He wasn't even a trained actor at the time.

It's a good thing D'Agosto can get serious because if this offer goes through, FD5 could have one of the funniest guys out there, David Koechner. Apparently all of the names mentioned earlier are confirmed, but Koechner has only been sent an offer and has yet to confirm the Anchorman and The Office star's involvement.

If Koechner signs on it'd be great, but between D'Agosto's casting and Todd's return, I'm confident Final Destination 5 is really moving in the right direction. Yes, we've got our standard list of relatively unknown stars, but knowing that the majority of them do have some talent is monumentally reassuring. As for Todd's inclusion, his presence is necessary if director Steven Quale has any hopes of making a film deserving of being part of the franchise. Look at what happens when Todd isn't involved, we get junk like The Final Destination.
CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical