Lucy Hale has joined the cast of the new Fantasy Island film.
The Pretty Little Liars star has signed on for the project, which will be based on late TV mogul Aaron Spelling’s series about an island where the dreams of visitors come true. Hale will star alongside Michael Pena (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) Jimmy O. Yang (Crazy Rich Asians). Pena will star as Mister Roarke, the island’s mysterious host played by Ricardo Montalban in the original TV show. While Bautista and Yang will be playing guests of the island.
Hale will reunite with Truth or Dare filmmaker Jeff Wadlow, who is directing the film. He is also co-writing the movie with his Truth or Dare co-writers Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs, and will serve as an executive producer.
The film is described as a mix of Westworld meets The Cabin in the Woods, centering on a group of contest winners who arrive at an island hotel to live out their dreams, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios.
Fantasy Island started with a pair of made-for-TV movies in 1977 before being greenlit to series. It ran for seven seasons — and 152 episodes — on Saturdays where it was paired with The Love Boat. Montalban starred alongside Herve Villechaize, who played his assistant, Tattoo, and became known for his catchphrase, “De plane! De plane!” Created by Gene Levitt, the drama was produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg’s Spelling-Goldberg Productions and Sony’s Columbia Pictures Television.
ABC revived Fantasy Island in 1998 from creator Barry Josephon with Malcolm McDowell taking over Montalban’s role. The series took on a more supernatural vibe with co-stars Madchen Amick, Louis Lombardi, Edward Hibbert, Fyvush Finkel and Sylvia Sidney; the role of Tattoo was not included. Also from SPT, the ’98 reboot was canceled midway through its 13-episode run but finished out the season on UPN and the then-Sci-Fi Channel.