The casting announcements for Rob Zombie’s cinematic reimagining of “The Munsters“Just keeps getting better and… hairier. Zombie has ventured back to Instagram to give a first look at another branch of the Munsters’ monster family tree. Tomas Boykin, who previously worked with Zombie on his film ‘3 From Hell joined the cast to play Lester, Lily Munster’s werewolf brother.
“Get ready for Lester,” Zombie wrote in his Instagram caption. “He’ll make you cry with laughter.”
The character of Lester Dracula was originally played by Irwin Charone (“Deconstructing Harry”, “Cactus Flower”, “Get Smart”) in the original TV series The Munsters. The character is known for being an enterprising wolfman, making really, really bad business decisions, but treating each new venture with the kind of confidence that makes you think it’s his first. He’s also the reason little Eddie Munster is a werewolf and not a vampire or Frankenstein’s monster like his parents. Gotta love those recessive genes!
Boykin is just the latest addition to an already ludicrously stacked cast of well-loved horror icons and character actor greats, including Jeff Daniel Phillips (“Agents of SHIELD,” “Halloween II”) as Herman Munster, Sheri Moon Zombie (“House of 1000 Corpses ,”, “Lords of Salem”) as Lily Munster, Daniel Roebuck (“The Fugitive,” “Matlock”) as Grandpa, Richard Brake (“31,” “Bingo Hell”) as Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang, Catherine Schell (“Space: 1999”, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”) as Gypsy Queen Zoya Krupp, Sylvester McCoy (“Doctor Who”, “The Hobbit”) as Igor, Jorge Garcia (“Lost”, “Nobody Knows I’m Here”)”) as Floop, Elvira herself and Cassandra Peterson as Barbara Carr Dee Wallace as the voice of Good Morning Transylvania, the country’s second most popular morning show.
Our hearts are ready
It’s been almost six decades since The Munsters first hit television screens, but love for the macabre family from 1313 Mockingbird Lane remains undiminished as strong as ever. Many were concerned that Rob Zombie’s version of The Munsters would be in his signature horror film style, with messy makeup, unwashed hair and a whole lot of curses. Fortunately, we know that “The Munsters” will be rated PGmeaning Zombie is likely to deliver a faithful adaptation that captures the healthy heart of its favorite series of all time, but adds updated sensibilities to appeal to modern audiences.
The original two seasons of The Munsters are currently available to stream on Peacock, which may also be home to Zombies’ version of The Munsters alongside the film’s theatrical release, but that could very well change with the expected release date later this year . If I were a betting lady and there was a line about it in Vegas I would bet everything on an October release.