Lionsgate has finally found the two young actors who will lead its upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s dystopian horror novel The Long Walk. This comes after six months since Lionsgate had successfully acquired the rights to the long-in-development project.

According to Deadline, Cooper Hoffman (Licorice Pizza) and David Jonsson (Rye Lane) are currently in negotiations for the leading roles in Lionsgate’s The Long Walk movie. King published the novel in 1979 under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. This was also the first-ever novel that King had written when he was still in college. Should Hoffman and Jonsson indeed get chosen to lead the movie, they would likely be two of a hundred boys who got selected to participate in a Hunger Games-like contest.

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Besides being known as the son of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cooper Hoffman received recognition for his feature acting debut in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2021 coming-of-age movie Licorice Pizza. He recently starred opposite Maya Hawke in the Flannery O’Connor biopic movie Wildcat, which was written and directed by Ethan Hawke. Hoffman will next be seen playing NBC executive Dick Ebersol in Sony’s upcoming SNL 1975. As for Jonsson, he’s known for his role in HBO’s Industry series. Last year, he starred in his first movie as a co-lead in the romantic comedy film Rye Lane. At the moment, he’s expected to appear in one of this year’s highly-anticipated movies, Alien: Romulus with Cailee Spaeny.

The Long Walk Movie Enlists Hunger Games Director

Lionsgate is once again teaming up with The Hunger Games franchise director Francis Lawrence, who had recently signed on to helm The Long Walk movie. Lawrence’s most recent directorial movie was last year’s Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Originally set up at New Line Cinema, the project is now being written by JT Mollner, with Vertigo’s Roy Lee serving as a producer.

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The initial synopsis for Stephen King’s The Long Walk reads, "It takes place in the future in which 100 teenage boys embark on an annual competition known as ‘The Long Walk.’ The rules are simple: maintain a speed above 4 miles per hour. Receive three warnings in an hour and you’re shot dead. The last one walking gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Under these grim circumstances, the boys develop deep friendships despite knowing that each of their friends’ survival is a threat to their own."

At the moment, The Long Walk currently has no theatrical release date, or production start date yet.

Source: Deadline

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