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Release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Everything We Know So Far About Firestarter

Stephen King’s books have been adapted into films and television series for as long as he has been publishing them. (It’s true that his first novel, 1974’s “Carrie,” was adapted for the big screen in 1976.)

That doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon, either, making judgments by the large number of King-related initiatives currently in the works.

Blumhouse’s “Firestarter,” relying on the author’s 1980 sci-fi horror novel regarding a particular girl with telekinetic skills on the run from sinister official statistics attempting to exploit her abilities for their malicious ends, is one of the ones turning up sooner rather than later.

If you’re completely new to this King narrative or are noticing it for the first time, don’t worry! And here is most of what you need to know about “Firestarter” before it hits theatres. 

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Firestarter Release Date and Where You Can Watch It

“Firestarter” will be released in theatres and on Peacock on May 13, 2022, continuing Universal’s practice of releasing select films in theatres and on the streaming platform on the same day.

It comes as no surprise that the production company adjusted this release strategy to respond to the pandemic, as a means of both increasing Peacock’s subscriber growth (at a time when the streamer desperately needs them) and, as a result, supplying filmgoers with a way to watch its latest movies from the warmth and protection of their own homes.

furthermore, not every Worldwide title will be released on the same day in 2022, with “Jurassic World Dominion” almost certainly being one of the special cases.

Instead, the production team is restricting this method to films aimed at families (such as “The Boss Baby: Family Business”), as well as mid-budget films that do not need to blow the budget to be considered great (such as Blumhouse’s “Halloween Kills” or JLo’s rom-com “Marry Me”).


What Is Firestarter?

Well after the 1984 film adaptation, Blumhouse’s “Firestarter” is the second movie premised on King’s novel. It also was a critical and commercial flop, grossing only $17 million at the box office (according to Box Office Mojo), but it did star a young Drew Barrymore, who was only two years removed from her adored role as Gertie in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”

In 2002, it received a TV miniseries sequel titled “Firestarter: Rekindled,” which starred Marguerite Moreau as the grown-up version of Barrymore’s character from the 1984 film, the pyrokinesis-powered Charlene “Charlie” McGee.

The new film adaptation of “Firestarter” is expected to be fairly faithful to King’s original book in terms of plot. At least, that’s just what director Keith Thomas recommended when he spoke with Cinema Blend in February 2021 about his dream for the movie. 

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Firestarter Cast

Ryan In the fresh “Firestarter,” Kiera Armstrong (“American Horror Story: Double Feature,” “The Tomorrow War”) appears to be playing Charlie McGee, with Zac Efron (“The Greatest Showman,” “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”) co-starring as her father Andrew or “Andy,” and Sydney Lemmon (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “Marvel’s Helstrom”) as her mom Victoria or “Vicky.”

Gloria Reuben (“Mr. Robot,” “Cloak & Dagger”), Tina Jung (“Strays”), Lanette Ware (“Pure,” “The Wedding Planners”), and Danny Waugh (“Departure,” “Titans”) also appear as grownups who may or may not assist Charlie as she attempts to prevent the top-secret agency hot on her tail.

John Rainbird, an ambiguous, technically talented functionary played by Michael Greyeyes, is one of those employed by the government in “Firestarter.” I’ll also take this opportunity to reassure everyone that if you’ve not seen Greyeyes’ magnetic performance in last year’s haunting Sundance play “Wild Indian,” now is a better time as any.

Firestarter Director, Writers, and More

“Firestarter” is directed by Keith Thomas, who made his function debut film with the 2019 ritual horror thriller “The Vigil.”

Scott Teems (“Halloween Kills”) wrote the script, and Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman — who won an Academy Award for writing “A Beautiful Mind” but couldn’t win one for co-writing the movie version of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novels — produced it.

Perhaps most excitingly, horror legend John Carpenter will score the new “Firestarter” alongside Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies (who also worked with him on the songs for Blumhouse’s “Halloween”).

It’s a playful situation of stuff coming full circle, as John Carpenter was decided to guide the 1984 film adaptation of “Firestarter” before his variant of “The Thing” bombed at the box office in 1982, and Universal replaced him with Mark L. Lester. 

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Is There Any Trailer for Firestarter?

Yes, the trailer of Firestarter is available on Youtube.