TikTok celebrity and He’s All That star Addison Rae has signed on to join Patrick Dempsey in the cast of Eli Roth’s slasher Thanksgiving
Addison Rae is one of the biggest names in social media. She has 88.9 million followers on TikTok and also happens to be the video-hosting service’s highest earning contributor. She has been able to use her TikTok popularity to segue into singing and acting careers (she recently starred in Netflix’s She’s All That reboot He’s All That), and now The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that she has signed on to star in director Eli Roth’s long-awaited slasher Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is based on the faux trailer Roth created for the Robert Rodriguez / Quentin Tarantino double feature Grindhouse, which was released way back in 2007. Roth has been wanting to make a feature version of Thanksgiving for sixteen years and even wrote the screenplay with Jeff Rendell (who played the homicidal pilgrim in the trailer) a dozen years ago. Now it’s finally happening, thanks to Spyglass Media stepping in to provide the funding. Roth jumped at the chance to get the movie made, even though it meant having Deadpool‘s Tim Miller take over as director on the reshoots for his video game adaptation Borderlands.
Roth is producing the film with Roger Birnbaum.
Last week, we heard that Patrick Dempsey will be playing the sheriff in Thanksgiving. No details on Rae’s character have been revealed.
If you’ve watched the Thanksgiving trailer, you have a good idea of what this slasher movie is going to be about. The Hollywood Reporter says plot details are on the thin side although it concerns a slasher who comes to small Massachusetts town with the intention of “creating a Thanksgiving carving board out of the town’s inhabitants,” per sources. Which lines up with what we’ve seen in the faux trailer.
I have never watched any of Addison Rae’s TikTok content, but I thought she did a fine job in He’s All That, so I’m totally on board to watch her battle a killer pilgrim in an Eli Roth movie. Deadline notes, “Following the success of her breakout Netflix pic He’s All That, studio have been lining up to get in business with the rising star and a scream queen role like the one in Thanksgiving is the exact kind of role she had been keeping an eye out for.” I’m always glad to hear that someone’s aiming to become a scream queen.
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