Smile 2 is getting one of its original stars to return for the sequel. The 2022 original, starring Sosie Bacon, Kal Penn, and Jessie T. Usher, directed by Parker Finn, exceeded expectations both critically and commercially. Adapted from Finn‘s own short film Laura Hasn’t Slept, Smile was a massive box office success and grossed over $217.4 million worldwide on a low budget of $17 million.

The Wrap now reports that Kyle Gallner, who portrayed Rose’s ex-boyfriend Joel, a police detective, in the original film; will reprise his role in the sequel. He will also be joined by The Staircase‘s Rosemarie DeWitt, who has also confirmed her involvement alongside Gallner, making him the only star from the original film to return for the sequel.

Everything We Know About Smile 2

Sosie Bacon and Jack Sochet star in Paramount Pictures Presents in Association with Paramount Players A Temple Hill Production “SMILE.”

Not much is currently known about the plot of Smile 2, which is closely kept under wraps. The sequel will be a part of Finn‘s multi-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. He is also slated to develop more original horror movies for the studio after Smile 2 releases. Finn will also return to direct the sequel alongside writing the screenplay.

Aladdin’s Naomi Scott will be leading the picture this time around, with The White LotusLukas Gage also confirmed to be a part of the cast. Character details for its new cast members are also kept under wraps. It is unclear if production on the movie has begun; but it won’t take long before cameras begin to roll as the movie is currently slated to release later this year, on October 18.

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Source: The Wrap

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