, who was often referred to as Aussie Rachael on the VH1 competitive reality series America's Most Smartest Model
, will be gracing the big screen as she appears in Fruit Chan's remake of the Japanese chilling horror Don't Look Up
The movie is produced by South Africa's Distant Horizon group in association with Japan's Action 5. Set in an abandoned movie studio in Transylvania, which is tainted by an old piece of celluloid containing images of a woman's murder, Don't Look Up
revolves around the unraveling sanity of a director and his crew when spirits from another era invade the film stock of the contemporary production.
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"I loved the original film by Hideo Nakata," Chan told Variety
upon the announcement of the project. "And I was happy to take on the remake. For too long I've been labeled as an art-house director. I'm a director."
Don't Look Up
will be the first in English-language feature for Chan, who previously directed Made in Hong Kong
and most recently helmed the creepy Dumplings
The remake rights were obtained from WoWow-subsidiary Suncent Cinema Works in 2003 and Distant Horizon previously sought Nakata to remake his own film, Joyuu-Rei, which was produced in 1996 by Bandai Visual, with Bitters End and WoWow.
On Don't Look Up
, Murphy, who was eliminated in the ninth episode of America's Most Smartest Model
, will play a supporting character named Lila Kis. The Smartest Model
contestant will be joining other actors such as Henry Thomas, Kevin Corrigan, Daniela Sea, Shiloh Fernandez, Zelda Williams, and Lothaire Bluteau, just to name a few.
This isn't Murphy's first attempt in the silver screen. Most recently, she was a featured extra in the comedy You Don't Mess with the Zohan
, starring Adam Sandler, and was also cast in Project Lodestar
as the lead star.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of VH1)