EXCLUSIVE: Sofia Black-D’Elia has landed the lead role in Blumhouse thriller Viral. She’ll play teenager Emma, who is put to the test along with her family to survive a city-wide quarantine after a deadly outbreak, with the increasingly violent infected trapped inside. The original Black List, Blood List, and Hit List script (formerly known as Peste) is by Barbara Marshall. Christopher Landon (Disturbia, Paranormal Activity 2, 3, 4, and 5) was tapped to rewrite. Earlier this week Deadline broke the casting of Analeigh Tipton as Stacey, Emma’s sister. Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 helmers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost are directing the IM Global and Blumhouse Productions picture which Dimension is set to release. Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, Matt Kaplan of Chapter One Films and Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark are producing. IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson and Charles Layton are exec producing. Blumhouse International is handling foreign sales.
Black-D’Elia is coming off the CW pilot The Messengers and next appears in Paramount’s Project Almanac, produced by Michael Bay. The 22-year-old actress started her career on ABC soap All My Children and starred in MTV’s U.S. Skins series. She also starred on the sixth season of the CW’s Gossip Girl and ABC’s Betrayal. She’s repped by ICM Partners and Emily Gerson Saines.