EXCLUSIVE: Production has officially started on Creep 2, with actor-director Desiree Akhavan signing on to star in the Blumhouse and Duplass Brothers production opposite Mark Duplass. A sequel to Creep, the cult horror film that debuted at SXSW 2014 and was a critical hit in 2015, Creep 2 will see the return of the original’s director Patrick Brice, who co-wrote the new script along with Duplass.

Best known for her feature directorial debut Appropriate Behaviour for which she received a Best First Screenplay nomination at the 2015 Indie Spirit Awards and also starred in, Akhavan appeared in season 4 of HBO’s Girls and is currently working on The Bisexual, a new comedy series for The UK’s Channel 4. “I love Creep and couldn’t be happier about crashing the sequel,” said Akhavan about the role. “Patrick and Mark are inspiring, generous & crazy smart collaborators.”

Produced by Carolyn Craddock, Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is executive producing Creep 2 alongside Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Mel Eslyn, Chris Donlon and Josh Braun. Said Jason Blum about the film, “We are in for anything that Duplass and Brice want to do.” ICM and Submarine are handling worldwide sales.

Akhavan is repped by UTA, and Duplass and Brice are repped by ICM Partners.