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Rosemarie DeWitt Joins Kyle Gallner In ‘Smile’ Sequel

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Parker Finn is returning to the director's chair, with the film scheduled to release this October.

Smile, written and directed by Parker Finn, was an unexpected hit back in 2022. The horror film based on Finn’s short film Laura Hasn’t Slept managed to grab the audience’s attention through a smart and terrifying marketing campaign, which resulted in a $217 million box office over a $17 million budget, making it the 10th most valuable blockbuster of the year according to Deadline. A sequel was inevitable, and finally, some exciting news was revealed.

Kyle Gallner And Rosemarie DeWitt Are Officially In The Cast

The first name that was announced was that of Kyle Gallner, who had previously starred in the first Smile movie as Joel, protagonist Rose’s (Sosie Bacon) ex-boyfriend and supporting character. Given the open ending of the first film (no spoilers!), horror fans can already make their predictions based on Gallner’s return, as the story will likely be connected to the previous installment. However, Rosemarie DeWitt (The Staircase, Mad Men) will also star in the sequel, and the list goes on – Lukas Gage (The White Lotus) and Naomi Scott (Aladdin, Power Rangers) have already announced. Scott, in particular, was revealed to be the leading actress for the sequel. This means the sequel won’t pick up exactly where Smile left off, but there will be room for a fresh spin on the first film’s story.

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Kyle Gallner in 'Smile' (2022) | Image: Paramount Pictures

What More About The Sequel?

Parker Finn is set to write and direct the sequel as well. In the wake of the first film’s success, he signed a multi-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures and has talked about the future of the Smile franchise. Some aspects of the first movie were left intentionally ambiguous, so future installments may further explore the “trauma demon” that haunts the unlucky protagonists. Given how terrifying the first film was, fans can expect to bring their adult diapers to theaters for this new one!

The Smile sequel doesn’t have an official title yet but is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2024.

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Rosemarie DeWitt | Image: Dia Dipasupil

Smile (2022) Paramount Pictures Official Trailer 

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Federico was born on July 20, 1998, in Trieste, Italy. Film enthusiast for as long as he can remember, he graduated in Philosophy at the University of Turin. His lifelong dream is to become a storyteller, and he’s currently planning his next step to (hopefully!) make this dream come true.
Matt Keyser is a recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelor's in Communications-Journalism. He is a freelance entertainment reporter with a focus on film and television. As a former senior programming coordinator for the Newport Beach Film Festival, Matt's experience with critiquing narratives and documentaries has helped showcase his passion for television and cinema through his writing.