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We won’t blame you if you haven’t seen Little Shop of Horrors, and are a bit confused as to why it’s suddenly taking over your Twitter timeline. The reason is, of course, Chris Evans.
The Marvel star is in talks to play the dentist Orin Scrivello, in a remake of the 1986 musical-horror-comedy movie. The cult classic has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (the site retroactively collected the reviews) and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
There is a lot we already know about the movie, given it’s a remake, but there is still plenty to be discovered. Here’s what we know so far about the Little Shop of Horrors remake.
Little Shop of Horrors cast: Who will star in the remake?
As we mentioned, Chris Evans is in talks to play Orin Scrivello, a sadistic dentist who is addicted to the nitrous oxide he gives his patients (though you might as well call them his victims). But it isn’t Scrivello’s practice which is the titular shop of horrors.
Instead, this mantle goes to a flower shop run by Mr Mushnik, staffed by Seymour Krelborn and Audrey. Gawky kid Krelborn was played by Rick Moranis in the original but for the remake, the producers are in talks with movie-musical old hand Taron Egerton.
Joining Egerton in talks is Scarlet Johansson, potentially playing Audrey, Seymour’s co-worker at the shop and object of his affections. Audrey is kind, but has zero self-esteem after being treated badly by the horrendous Orin.
Billy Porter will voice the bloodthirsty plant Audrey II.
No other cast members have been announced, but with the big names already signed on, we’re likely to get more A-listers joining up. Cameos in the 1986 movie included James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest and Steve Martin (as Scrivello).
The movie is being helmed by Arrowverse creator and TV golden boy Gregory Berlanti, whose credits also include Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, Political Animals, Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and You.
Little Shop of Horrors plot: What’s the story?
There’s a long history to the various adaptations of Little Shop of Horrors, which range from film to stage. The first version was a low-budget 1960 horror whose plot was moderately different from the 1986 film and is otherwise only notable for starring a very young Jack Nicholson.
In 1982, the story was adapted into a musical for the stage, beginning its tour off-Broadway. Its music was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics and a book by Howard Ashman (both of Disney movie fame).
1986 saw the second movie version, and now over 30 years later we’re getting another movie-musical adaptation which will likely follow the same plot of the previous film incarnation.
The general shape of the story is this: nerdy florist Seymour Krelborn works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row in New York City. While his boss bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop – and himself – fame and fortune.
He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger street vendor, naming the plant after the girl whom he pines after: Audrey. Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that Audrey II craves blood and flesh to survive.
Each time Audrey II cries for feeding, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant’s appetite. One such victim is Orin the dentist, a leather-jacketed Elvis type and boyfriend of Audrey.
As Audrey II grows in monstrosity, how will Seymour keep his plant alive? Or does he even want to?
Little Shop of Horrors release date: When will the movie come out?
Since we’re still in the casting phase, it’s going to be a long time before we get even close to a release date confirmation. In the meantime, enjoy this.
Little Shop of Horrors music: Will it keep the same songs?
It’s hard to imagine that the upcoming adaptation won’t keep the music from the 1986 version… if only so we can see Chris Evans belting out ‘Son, Be A Dentist’.
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