EXCLUSIVE: While it’s been inevitable that Blumhouse would go forward with Happy Death Day 2 after the first installment raked in close to $123M worldwide, casting is in place for a production start on May 10.
Jessica Rothe is returning for the Christopher Landon-directed sequel as well as Israel Broussard. Fans could have guessed this, and there’s a lot out there, but this is certain now. In the first movie, Rothe’s sorority girl Tree Gelbman relives the day of her murder in Groundhog Day style. She ultimately tries to beat the time loop by discovering who her killer’s identity is. Broussard plays Carter, the cute guy Tree keeps waking up alongside. Landon has said in reports that the sequel will answer questions to the first installment’s endless time loop while Rothe has mentioned that part 2 will pick up where the first film left off in a Back to the Future-like style.
We also hear that Life of Pi and Homeland actor Suraj Sharma is also joining to play Samar Ghosh, a science enthusiast and geek who enjoys coding in his spare time.
Sarah Yarkin, whose previous credits include American Horror Story, The Middle and the Gunpowder & Sky feature Eat, Brains Love is playing Dre Morgan, a science geek and tom-boy with a sleepy feline gaze who is Samar’s partner-in-crime.
Rothe is represented by WME and Management 360. Broussard is repped by UTA and Underground. Both actors are also repped by Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Yarkin is repped by Grandview and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. Sharma is represented by CAA. Landon is repped by WME and Mosaic.