Hot on the heels of filming Christian Bale’s “The Pale Blue Eye” in and around Pittsburgh, Netflix will return to town in June to shoot “Demon House.”
Lee Daniels (“The Butler,” “Empire”) will direct the exorcism thriller which will star Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”), Mo’Nique (“Precious”), Andra Day (“USA vs. Billie Holiday”), Rob Morgan (“Don’t Look Up”), Caleb McLaughlin (“Stranger Things”) and Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”).
“We are thrilled to welcome Lee Daniels and ‘Demon House’ to Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Pittsburgh Film Office Director Dawn Keezer. “We are always happy to see Netflix come back to town, bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to our local economy.”
In January, Deadline reported that the $65 million “Demon House” was inspired by a real-life Indiana case where children were allegedly demonically possessed.
Beginning in 2011, Latoya Ammons (Day) said she saw supernatural happenings in her home, which were also witnessed by a police officer, a nurse, and a child protection worker. McLaughlin will play one of Ammons’ older children with Close set to play Ammons’ mother. Morgan will play Ammons’ boyfriend and Mo’Nique will play a social worker who tries to help Ammons. It is unclear what role Ellis will play.
The reunion of Daniels and Mo’Nique, who replaced Octavia Spencer (Spencer dropped “Demon House” due to a scheduling conflict with her Apple TV series “Truth Be Told”), is noteworthy. Daniels directed Mo’Nique in “Precious” in 2009, for which Mo’Nique won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but the pair had a falling out while promoting the film during the season of rewards.
‘Demon House’ marks the latest in a string of Netflix projects to be filmed locally, including the upcoming ‘Rustin’, 2020’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, 2021’s ‘Sweet Girl’ and 2022’s recently canceled ‘Archive 81’ .
This latest production follows news last week that the second season of “Mayor of Kingstown” will be filming in Pittsburgh this summer.
So far, there are no premiere dates for Netflix’s “The Pale Blue Eye,” Amazon’s “A League of Their Own” series, or the Pittsburgh-filmed comedy “Sprung” on Amazon Freevee. formerly known as IMDb TV.