Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery, who played troubled teen Billy, has landed a starring role in the upcoming horror film Went Up the Hill.
Weird stuff Actor Dacre Montgomery Has Signed Up To Star In Upcoming Horror Movie Went up the hill. The Australian actor had first joined the Netflix show’s star cast for Weird stuff season 2 as Billy Hargrove, Max’s stepbrother. His character starts out as a bitter teenager, but crosses an arc and became the man of the hour by the end of Season 3. That same year, Montgomery had also appeared as Red Ranger in power rangers’ reboot, and later, as Steve Binder in Elvis this year. He is also slated to star in the drama Spider & Jessie.
went up the hill, Directed and written by Samuel Van Grinsven and co-written by Jory Anast, it is produced by Samantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton of Causeway Films, an outfit that shares other notable credits of the same genre, namely The Babadook and the nightingale. The film is currently in pre-production and will likely be developed in New Zealand very soon. As the project comes to fruition, the film has added some big names to its cast.
As reported by DeadlineMontgomery will lead alongside Phantom wire star Vicky Krieps in Went up the hill. The plot of the film revolves around Montgomery’s character Jack, abandoned as a child, who travels as a young man to one of the remote areas of New Zealand to attend the funeral of his estranged mother. Here he encounters Krieps’ character Jill, his mother’s widow. If it wasn’t strange, it is the ghost of the mother that the two protagonists in the discussion come to inhabit.
Dacre Montgomery’s New Role Looks Like Billy From Stranger Things
This has given Montgomery another role as a troubled character in a supernatural setting, something that is synonymous with Stranger things. Shortly after the release of Weird stuff season 2 in 2017, Montgomery’s character became a quick fan favorite. In 2019, he returned for the role in the third season, and most recently Billy appeared as a guest in Weird stuff Season 4. Like him, even Krieps isn’t new to the genre. She has acted in the horror thriller of M. Night Shyamalan Old. So it’s safe to say that the actors in the lineup have already been tried and tested, and it will be interesting to see their on-screen chemistry.
However, there is a red flag lurking. Montgomery is still famously remembered as Billy, an evil teenager who bagged hero status by the end of the show with fans pouring love for Montogmery into various art forms. Fresh off this expertly crafted portrait, the star’s headlining act in a similar role could be at risk of breaking familiar ground. While newcomers outdo themselves time and again in their performances, there have also been instances where these actors were characterized early in their careers and found it difficult to break through the mold. All in all, the duo seems poised to repeat history with their already proven track record of acting in the said genre. In Went up the hillMontgomery and Krieps screen sharing for the first time seems a promising project for now.
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