Dylan McDermott must be taking a shine to being scared because the American Horror Story star will be signing up for yet another horror project, this time on the big screen. Shock Til You Drop says that the actor who is most definitely not Dermot Mulroney will be joining the cast of Mercy, an adaptation of a 1984 Stephen King short story. I for one fully support the renaissance of Dylan McDermott just because of the way he just smolders across genres.
The story, Gramma, is a really unique choice so it’s going to be interesting how they tackle it with the talent they’ve assembled.
Peter Cornwell will sit in the director’s chair with Joel Courtney (Super 8), Frances O’Connor, and The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs helping to round out the cast. Cornwell has been around the spooky block before with The Haunting in Connecticut so we should be in fairly capable hands.
The story follows two brothers on a trip to see their dying mother where they learn she is in fact a witch who made a dark pact years ago through the power of black magic. THR reports that McDermott will be playing an old flame of the witch for whom he still carries deep seated feelings.
This particular story originally appeared in Weirdbook magazine and was reprinted in the collection, Skeleton Crew. But what specifically sets this story apart from King’s other work is that it’s technically part of H.P. Lovecraft’s vaunted Cthulu Mythos. This means some straight up crazy supernatural stuff is about to go down. I'm always down for Lovecraft on the big screen, no matter the actual quality of the film, so bring it on.