Here’s the pitch: LaKeith Stanfield is an ancient samurai warrior who’d hoped to leave that world behind him. However, he’s forced to reemerge when a young girl is hunted by unspeakable, unexplainable evil.
By 1986, the year April Fool’s Day was released, the slasher genre was suffering from box-office fatigue. Pioneering franchise Friday the 13th was already on its sixth entry, and nearly every holiday had already been snatched up as a backdrop for a slight variation on the same kill-crazy rampage.
She may have won an Oscar for starring in The Queen, but Helen Mirren is no stranger to genre films. From Red to the Fast and Furious franchise and Winchester, Mirren has been known to dabble in the weird. Next up, she’s joining a universe befitting of that versatility.