The cast of Lee Daniels’ untitled Netflix horror film keeps getting better and better. Multi-hyphenate and frequent collaborator of Daniels, Tasha Smith has just joined the project that Netflix acquired for $65 million.
Daniels is directing Demon House which is based on the true story of Latoya Ammons and her children who became demonically possessed. She joins previously cast Mo’Nique, Aunjanue Ellis, Caleb McLoughlin, Andra Day, Rob Morgan and Glenn Close.
The case, which was widely known at the time, involves Latoya Ammons (played by Day in the movie and will be named Ebony) and her three children who experienced strange incidents in their Gary, Indiana, home. The incidents grew progressively worse, with the children levitating, becoming violent with one another and speaking in growls and deep voices with no recollection afterward. Despite skepticism, the Gary Police Department, Department of Child Services and the local church and hospital all became involved, filing reports that took the supernatural occurrences seriously. Officers, doctors and social workers said they witnessed many of the incidents, including one in which her 9-year old son walked backward up a wall. The Indianapolis Star covered it closely as the Department of Child Services investigated it.
Smith will play Asia, who is Ebony’s best friend. McLaughlin will Day’s character’s son, at an older age. Close will play Day’s character’s mother.
Morgan will play the boyfriend of Day’s character, and Spencer plays the clergy member who tries to help Day’s character navigate through the hauntings and the exorcisms.
Daniels is also penning the screenplay with David Coggeshall and Elijah Bynum. Daniels will serve as a producer with Pam Williams through his company Lee Daniels Entertainment, Tucker Tooley and Pam Williams are producing. The movie is expected to begin production sometime in 2022.
This is the third time Smith is teaming up with Daniels. She starred in his Fox shows Empire and Star, and directed two episodes of the latter.