Tom Felton, Tamara Smart to star in A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
Staff Reporter | On 05, Sep 2019Reading time: 2 mins
Tom Felton and Tamara Smart are among the names to have joined the cast of A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.
Adapted by Joe Ballarini from the first of his own trilogy of novels, the Netflix movie follows first-time babysitter Kelly Ferguson, whose charge is kidnapped by the Boogeyman. She discovers a secret society of fierce babysitters who protect children – and an entire world of monsters she will have to fight in order to save him.
Doctor Who helmer Rachel Talalay signed on to direct the film earlier this year. Now, she’s found a cast to help bring the story to life.
The cast includes Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl), Oona Laurence (Lost Girls), Alessio Scalzotto (Rim of the World), Ian Ho (A Simple Favour) with Indya Moore (Pose) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise).
Principal photography is now underway in Vancouver.
Rachel Talalay to direct A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting for Netflix
16th April 2019
Netflix is adapting A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting into a new feature film.
The 2017 book, written by Joe Ballaraini, has gone on to spawn a trilogy of novels. It follows middle schooler Kelly Ferguson, whose Halloween plans switch from party-going to babysitting. But when Baby Jacob gets kidnapped by the Boogeyman’s minions, Kelly learns there’s a whole lot more to childcare than free snacks and Netflix. Like chasing shadow monsters, drop-kicking Toadies, and mastering monster-fighting moves, such as the Naptime Headlock and Playground Punch.
With the help of an ancient handbook and a secret society of butt-kicking babysitters, Kelly sets out to destroy the Boogeyman before he brings Jacob’s nightmares to life. But when the monsters’ trail leads to her school’s big Halloween bash, Kelly will have to prove she can save the world – without totally embarrassing herself in front of her friends.
Walden Media and Montecito Pictures Company have been developing a feature film adaptation for some time, with Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp producing, alongside Naia Cucukov of Walden Media, and Tom Pollock and Ilona Herzberg executive producing. Now, Deadline reports Netflix has stepped on board the project, a name that’s almost as impressive as the filmmaker appointed to helm the movie: Doctor Who veteran Rachel Talalay will direct, marking a reunion between her and the streaming giant, after a stint on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She has also directed episodes of American Gods and Riverdale, as well as feature films Tnak Girl and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.