John Lithgow to Play Jud Crandall in ‘Pet Sematary’ Readaptation

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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the only person that could play the role of Jud Crandall and not sully the name of the great Fred Gwynne has signed on to play the role!  John Lithgow (Dexter, Cliffhanger) is set to star as the neighborly Jud Crandall in the new Stephen King adaptation of Pet Sematary!

He will be playing opposite Jason Clarke (Terminator: Genisys, Zero Dark Thirty), who scored the role as the good doctor Louis Creed.

Fred Gwynne OWNED the role as the kindly old man in the 1989 film and was his best work except for Herman Munster of course.

In the book, the Creed family moves into the house across a very dangerous country road from Crandall. They quickly become good friends, however, Crandall is aware of a dark, dark secret hidden deep within the woods close to Creed’s house. A secret that makes Crandall realize that “sometimes, dead is better.”

Lithgow is one exciting casting choice for the new film. The only casting choice IMO. His body of work shows range and emotion. To play A cunning villain like The Dexter Trinity Killer and also such lovable characters like his role on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Playing a salt of the Earth man like Jud Crandall will be easy for him.

Writer/directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch are set to start shooting this summer. Pet Sematary is scheduled to release April 19, 2019.

What do you think of John Lithgow playing the part of Jud Crandall? Are you excited for Stephen King’s Pet Sematary readaptation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!