The upcoming Netflix horror series based on The Haunting of Hill House has found its lead actress in Carla Gugino, according to Deadline, who joins lead actor Michiel Huisman, most known for his role of Daario Naharis on HBO's Game of Thrones. Gugino is also no stranger to genre television, having recently starred in the FOX series from M. Night Shyamalan Wayward Pines.
No details about Gugino's character have been released, whereas Huisman will star as Steven Crane in the series, the oldest of the Crane siblings and a published writer who documented supernatural experiences his family suffered while living at the Hill House.
Based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel of the same name, the series will explore the supernatural exploits of four individuals who have rented out the haunted Hill House for the summer season. Rather than a direct adaptation, the series is slated to be a "re-imagining" of the source material.
Mike Flanagan will be writing, directing, and producing the series, alongside producers Trevor Macy, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Writer/director Flanagan has worked with Macy on multiple previous projects, including his films Oculus and Hush. The two are currently working on the Netflix film Gerald's Game, which is an adaptation of a Stephen King story.
This will be the second partnership between Gugino and Flanagan, with Gugino having starred in Gerald's Game.
The upcoming series marks the third time the story will get a live-action adaptation, with a 1963 film The Haunting using the story as a source of inspiration, as well as an adaptation in 1999 by the same name, which starred Liam Neeson, Lilli Taylor, and Owen Wilson. The novel is often regarded as one of the best ghost stories of the 20th century.
The 10-episode series is only the latest in a long string of Netflix's forays into the world of horror, having previously found success with series like Hemlock Grove and Stranger Things. In addition to the many horror series they've helped bring to life, the streaming service has also become a prominent name in the world of distributing genre films, like the Sundance hit I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore and Osgood Perkins' I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.
There's no word yet on when the series will begin shooting or when it will premiere on Netflix.
Huisman can currently be seen on Game of Thrones, whose seventh season premiered on HBO earlier this week.