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Black Phone Gets Sinister: Another Alum Joins Scott Derrickson Film

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BY March 26, 2021

It wasn’t that long ago that we were telling you about Ethan Hawke joining the cast of The Black Phone. (I’m not linking to it because that post mysteriously disappeared. I don’t want to talk about it.) And if you’re staring at this in confusion, then…Black Phone? Scott Derrickson? Any of this ringing a bell? No? Well, I’ll explain what you need to know, as well as tell you what other actor from Sinister is now in The Black Phone.

Please Answer The Black Phone (Or Don’t, It Seems Spooky)

Good news, everyone–I have finally read the Joe Hill short story upon which the upcoming movie is based. I made a mistake when I bought it, purchasing it from an app called something like Cloose that only allows access through a Commodore 64, a (black) phone, and/or a 1976 mimeograph. So it took me a minute. But I’m going to make it easy for you to read it.

Anyway, it’s about a kidnapped boy (Mason Thames)–Finney in the story–trapped in a basement. But he’s not the only one who’s been in the basement. And as the days and nights stretch on, the old black phone in there with him rings with messages from the previous captives. Can they help him escape the kidnapper (Ethan Hawke)?

I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that the short story as it is now is pretty brief. It’s clear that they–Derrickson and co-author C. Robert Cargill–will have to flesh it out to make it movie-length. We already have proof of that, though, because of the most recent casting.

Sinister  Star Answers The Black Phone

sinister black phone Hawke and Ransone in Sinister, image via Summit Entertainment

James Ransone, who starred in the Derrickson-directed Sinister with Hawke, has signed on to The Black Phone. Ransone will be playing a character called Max, who isn’t in the short story. As for his role, we don’t and won’t know much about it until later. As The Hollywood Reporter says as part of their exclusive on the news, the filmmakers are keeping it “a mystery.”

And if you haven’t seen any films in the Sinister franchise, then you might recognize Ransone from his role as the older version of Eddie in It Chapter Two. Most recently, he had a recurring role on the CBS series Seal Team as Reiss Julian. And speaking of military-focused entertainment, Ransone (as Corporal Josh Ray Person) delivered most of the iconic lines in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. (Because this is a family website, I can repeat exactly none of them.) He’s also had recurring roles on shows like Bosch, Treme, and The Wire.

Along with Ransone, Thames, and Hawke, Jeremy Davies and Madeleine McGraw are also appearing in The Black Phone.

What do you think of this Sinister reunion? Tell us in the comments or on our social media.

featured image via Warner Bros Pictures


Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]

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