We’re just a few days out from the release of Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s new Stephen King adaptation Firestarter, although given the lack of promotion, even the biggest fan of King’s would be forgiven if this one had slipped under the radar.
However, it seems someone at Universal has realised they have a movie to market, and so we’ve now got a couple of clips featuring Zac Efron and young co-star Ryan Kiera Armstrong, who steps into the role of Charlie McGee previously portrayed by Drew Barrymore in the 1984 adaptation of the novel. Watch the clips here…
For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Greatest Showman) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon; Fear the Walking Dead, Succession) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong; American Horror Story: Double Feature, The Tomorrow War) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction.
Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious operative (Michael Greyeyes; Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls) is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.
Firestarter features a cast that includes Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Michael Greyeyes, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, and Gloria Reuben.
Firestarter is set for release on May 13th.