Marvel stars Karen Gillan and Chiwetel Ejiofor have joined the cast of Tom Hiddleston’s upcoming movie The Life of Chuck, alongside The Toxic Avenger‘s Jacob Tremblay.

Adapted from Stephen King’s short story of the same name, Gillan, Ejiofor and Tremblay are amongst the latest actors to join the movie, which is led by Loki star Hiddleston and Star Wars Mark Hamill (via Deadline).

Written and directed by The Haunting of Hill House‘s Mike Flanagan, The Life of Chuck is part of King’s 2020 anthology If It Bleeds and follows the story of Charles Krantz (Hiddleston) in reverse.

It begins with the character’s death from a brain tumour at the age of 39, before looking backwards through his life and ending at his childhood in a house thought to be haunted.

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Hamill will play the role of Albie, while Gillan, Ejiofor and Tremblay’s characters are yet to be confirmed.

Production is currently underway in Alabama, following an interim agreement from SAG-AFTRA, with Flanagan confirming the movie’s full ensemble cast on Twitter/X.

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“We are a fully independent film in production under our SAG-AFTRA interim agreement,” he wrote, adding: “So in that spirit of solidarity, I’m pleased to announce the rest of our ensemble [cast].”

The full cast includes Five Nights at Freddy’s star Matthew Lillard, Oppenheimer‘s David Dastmalchian, Mia Sara, Avatar: The Way of Water‘s Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Q’orianka Kilcher, Antonio Raul Corbo and What We Do in the Shadows‘ Harvey Guillén.

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Joining them are Kate Siegel, Carl Lumbly, Annalise Basso, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli, Matt Biedel, Sauriyan Sapkota, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Michael Trucco, Violet McGraw, Molly Quinn and Heather Langenkamp, who have all worked with Flanagan previously on projects such as The Haunting of Hill House,The Fall of the House of Usher, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

Broadway actor Benjamin Pajak and newcomer Taylor Gordon will also make their feature film debut.

The Life of Chuck is yet to confirm a release date.

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