Looks like Hill House is getting a familiar face to haunt, with Annabeth Gish (Halt and Catch Fire, The X-Files) set for a recurring role in The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix’s 10-episode re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel. Written and directed by Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Hush), details on Gish’s Mrs. Dudley and her role in the series are being kept under wraps for now.
A modern re-imagining of the twice-adapted work, The Haunting of Hill House tells the tale of The Crane Family, who find themselves living in an 80-year-old mansion and forced to confront the terrifying happenings that begin to unwind for all of them. While no specific character information has been revealed yet, Timothy Hutton is expected to be taking-on the role of father to the Crane children; with Carla Gugino (Watchmen) as their mother. Michel Huisman (Game of Thrones) Elizabeth Reaser (The Good Wife), Kate Siegel (Gerald’s Game) have been cast as the Crane siblings; with Huisman portraying the oldest Crane child: a Stephen King-like writer of supernatural novel working on a memoir about his family’s experiences at Hill House.
Looking at how publisher Penguin Classics summarizes the novel, it’s easy to see why the series is being described as a “reimagining” of The Haunting of Hill House:
“First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.”
Gish recently completed a run on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, which just wrapped its fourth and final season. She’ll also be returning to her role as Monica Reyes this January for the eleventh season of Fox’s The X-Files.
Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is executive produced by Flanagan, Trevor Macy, and Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.