Sex Education's Asa Butterfield lands next movie role in '80s-inspired horror

Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images

Sex Education's Asa Butterfield is set to star in new '80s-inspired horror-thriller CURS>R.

The actor, who plays Otis Milburn in the hit Netflix show, will appear opposite Iola Evans (The 100) in the movie, as well as Eddie Marsan (The Gentlemen) and genre legend Robert Englund, who is best known for his performance as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Angela Griffin (Harlots), Kate Fleetwood (Fate: The Winx Saga), Ryan Gage (The Hobbit trilogy) and Joe Bolland (The Trial of Christine Keeler) round out the cast.

Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images

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Directed by Breathe's Toby Meakins and written by Simon Allen (The Watch), CURS>R – which has reportedly wrapped principal photography and will be looking for buyers at Cannes later this month – follows a broke college dropout (Evans) who decides to play a mysterious, survival-based computer game in an attempt to win a $125,000 prize.

But the game winds up cursing her, and she soon finds herself tasked with making life-and-death decisions and facing a series of reality-bending challenges. As things seem to get more and more dangerous, she realises she's no longer playing for the money, but for her life – and quitting is not an option.

As it stands, Butterfield's role in the outing remains under wraps.

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Photo credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic - Getty Images

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"Toby is a visionary in the horror space with an innate genius for both original storytelling and the stark, eerie palates he creates on screen," producer John Zois said in a statement.

"Simon, Toby and [fellow producer] Matt [James Wilkinson] have worked to create something uniquely thrilling for horror fans."

Stigma Films' Wilkinson added: "Incredibly excited to be working on such an original and terrifying concept as CURS>R – taking modern horror and twisting it to pit our hero against '80s nostalgia. Simon, Toby and I have enjoyed working with Anton to bring this idea to the screen."

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