EXCLUSIVE: Mark Duplass continues to branch out as an actor beyond his DIY indie roots with two new projects, even as he and brother Jay keep building their joint TV and film portfolio. The Safety Not Guaranteed star has signed on for Universal and Blumhouse‘s Mercy, a fantasy-horror project based on a short from Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew collection that stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning. Peter Cornwell (A Haunting In Connecticut) is directing, with Jason Blum, McG, and Wonderland Sound and Vision’s Mary Viola producing. Matt Greenberg wrote the script from King’s short story Gramma, about two young boys who visit their grandmother and discover she’s a witch.
American Horror Story regular Dylan McDermott has joined the cast of Mercy, a fantasy horror project based on a Stephen King story from the author’s Skeleton Crew collection. Peter Cornwell is set to direct from a script by Matt Greenberg. Project is from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions which has a first-look deal with the studio. Frances O’Connor (The Hunter), Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) and Joel Courtney (Super 8) will also star. Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) will produce with McG and Mary Viola from Wonderland Sound and Vision. McDermott, who also appeared in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and The Campaign, is represented by CAA and managed by The Schiff Company.