Josh Brolin Steps into the Lead for Horror Epic ‘Weapons’

Josh Brolin

February 25, 2024

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A shift in the casting landscape has occurred for the highly anticipated horror film Weapons, written and directed by Zach Cregger (Barbarian). Josh Brolin has officially stepped in to replace Pedro Pascal (“Last of Us”) in the lead role, The Hollywood Reporter states.

Originally slated to begin filming in fall 2023, production for Weapons was pushed back due to last year’s industry-wide strikes. This delay unfortunately clashed with Pascal’s commitment to Marvel’s Fantastic Four, which begins filming this summer, forcing him to step down from the project.

Brolin takes the reins:

Enter Josh Brolin, the acclaimed actor known for his captivating performances in films like Dune and Sicario. Brolin’s casting brings a wealth of experience and talent to the project, raising anticipation for his portrayal in this enigmatic role.

A mysterious story:

Weapons is described as “a multistory horror epic about the disappearance of high school students in a small town.”  While much of the film is shrouded in mystery, it currently draws comparisons to the critically acclaimed film Magnolia. There have been hints at a complex and potentially sprawling narrative, further piquing the interest of horror enthusiasts.

Brolin’s a busy man:

This casting news comes amidst a busy period for Brolin. He is set to reprise his role as Gurney Halleck in the highly anticipated Dune: Part Two, hitting theaters this March. Fans are also eagerly awaiting his potential return as the villainous Cable in the upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine film, although Brolin has remained tight-lipped on the possibility.

A thrilling prospect:

With Josh Brolin’s undeniable talent and Cregger’s proven ability to craft suspenseful narratives, Weapons aims to be a must-watch for horror fans. We will let you know as soon as more details surface.

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