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Nicolas Cage is set to star in the screen adaptation of of author H.P. Lovecraft‘s The Color Out of Space. It was just recently announced, the hybrid sci-fi/horror flick will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Midnight Madness lineup, reports ComingSoon.net. 

SpectreVision, the production company making the film, released a first look photo to go along with the TIFF announcement:

Ooooh, for some reason purple did come to mind, even before seeing this photo. But, it may be because a purple haze does seem to be a go-to for when depicting a mysterious, unknown presence. 

If Color Out of Space is new to you, here’s some background: The short story was written and published in 1927, deemed a hybrid of sci-fi and horror. The original story is set in the late 1800s, with the film adaptation speeding up to the 21st century. Writer and director Richard Stanley‘s version will revolve around a family named the Gardners. As they settle into their new home in New England, a meteorite lands in their front yard, of all places. Everything around them slowly becomes discolored, tainting the vegetation, farm animals and eventually, yep, people.

And, just yesterday, another first look photo came out — possibly we should call it a “second look” — of the Gardener house being taken over:

Cage is set to play Nathan Gardner, the “unhinged patriarch” mentioned in the above update. If we didn’t know this was deemed a horror film, one might say the above looks magical…

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 5, running through September 15.

Is this going on your watch list?? 

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By Brigid Brown