“Goosebumps” Sequel Casts New Actors

Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, and Wendi McLendon-Covey are set to join the cast of the Goosebumps sequel, which is expected to be titled Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge.

Jeong appeared as a gangster in the Hangover movies and as Ben Chang in Community; he is also set to start to appear in Crazy Rich Asians. Parnell appears in ABC’s Grown-ish and voices father Jerry Smith in Rick and Morty, while McLendon-Covey is best known for her parts in Bridesmaids and The Goldbergs.

Based on the popular children’s horror series from the 1990s and early 2000s, the movie Goosebumps was released in 2015, starring Jack Black as a fictional version of the books’ author, R.L. Stine. In that film, he had special magic copies of his novellas that could be opened to release the monsters inside; naturally their most evil member, the living ventriloquist dummy Slappy, breaks the rest out and they rampage through a town.

It is currently unknown what parts any of these actors may be playing in the upcoming sequel. Originally titled Goosebumps: HorrorLand, the film has been delayed and seems to be undergoing some major shifts in plot. Current word is that the sequel may not include any of the protagonists from the original movie, possibly even including Black’s version of Stine.

Whatever their roles will be, fans can find some hope in the choices for actors. The Goosebumps books were not, in the end, very scary, and the original movie was more of a comedy meant to stroke the now-adult viewers’ nostalgia more than any attempt at horror. This bevy of comedy actors can presumably bring some laughs to the new film.

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