Cassandra Peterson defends the casting of Rob Zombie
The horror icon also talks about her exciting new role.
Cassandra Peterson, perhaps better known as Elvira, is one of horror’s most recognizable faces. The acclaimed host, actor, and personality was recently announced to star in Rob Zombie’s highly anticipated reboot of The Munsters, as confirmed by the director’s Instagram earlier this month. Since then, the star has spoken with Variety about her new role, the film, and her thoughts on the project’s casting choices.
A new character
It’s worth noting that the icon likely won’t appear as her Elvira character in the upcoming family film. Her character’s first look (via Rob Zombie’s Instagram) portrays Peterson like we’ve never seen her before. According to the post, Peterson plays Barbara Carr, “the #1 realtor in all of Mockingbird Heights.”
“Here I’m playing this character that’s so different from what I normally do, I’m playing a super straight character,” Peterson said in a quote to Variety. She went on to add, “Barbara is a normal woman, this real estate agent. It was exciting and terrifying, but it was really cool.
She also confirmed that her role had already been filmed in Budapest where production is still ongoing. “I had the best time with all the actors I worked with and we had so much fun,” she said of the experience. “The people there, the decor, they built the house – oh my god, everything was magical. It was as if ‘The Munsters’ came to life. It was crazy.
Check out her in the role here:
In defense of Lily Munster
In the same interview, Peterson also defended the production’s decision to cast Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster, a choice that proved somewhat controversial among horror fans. On the subject, Peterson said: “Sheri is lovely as Lily Munster. I see people on social media asking, ‘Why does Rob always throw her?’ thinks she killed him and people will be really surprised and really like her character.
The original cast of The Munsters starred Fred Gwynne, Yvonne de Carlo, Beverly Owen, Butch Patrick and Al Lewis as Grandpa Munster. Together, the band played the average American nuclear family. But with a twist, it was a clan of monsters!
Well, there’s still no word if The Munsters will be heading to theaters, or if it will be exclusive via streamer Peacock sometime in 2022.
Finally, what do you think of the casting choices in the upcoming Rob Zombie reboot? Are you excited to see how The Munsters it appears that? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Dread Central is now on Google News!