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Yelchin in ‘Fright Night’ talks

by Adam Wills

April 6, 2010 | 3:36 pm

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) is in negotiations to play Charley Brewster in DreamWorks’ “Fright Night” remake, according to THR’s Heat Vision blog.

The 1985 cult vampire hit, which came out the same year as “Teen Wolf,” rode the wave of teen comedies popularized in the 80s by John Hughes. And since the plot of “Fright Night”—teen gets mentored in the ways of fearless vampire hunting—paved the way for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” it’s fitting that “Buffy” scribe Marti Noxon wrote the script, which is being directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”).

Noxon’s script “sticks to the concept of a teen being convinced that his new neighbor is a vampire, although no one will believe him,” THR reports.

It’ll be interesting to see who’s cast as Peter Vincent, the washed-up actor/horror film host who trains Charley in the fine art or staking (originally played by Roddy McDowall). Here’s to hoping they approach William Ragsdale of FX’s “Justified,” who played Charley in the original, to return for more than just a quick cameo.

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