Jamie Clayton stars as Pinhead in these new images.
It’s official – Hellraiser has revealed its first look at the new Pinhead.
Based on the 1987 horror classic, Hellraiser acts as a “reimagining” of Clive Barker’s legendary horror franchise… and with it, comes a new take on the classic monster.
A twist on the renowned Cenobite, the new Pinhead is played by Sense8 actress, Jamie Clayton.
“We felt a kind of anticipation around the fans to reimagine the character,” director David Bruckner told Entertainment Weekly. “We knew we wanted Pinhead to be a woman. Jamie was just the right person for the role. A person's identity can be really exciting for a role in many ways, but I have to emphasize that Jamie absolutely killed, that's how we got there.”
We have such sights to show you with this first look at the 'Hellraiser' reboot. See Jamie Clayton as Pinhead, a brand new Cenobite, and more. https://t.co/d14KY8Vkn7
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 1, 2022
Clayton will be the fourth actor to play the iconic Cenobite, who was first portrayed by Doug Bradley in the 1987 movie.
“What Doug Bradley did with the character is so iconic,” said Bruckner. “We didn't want to do a Doug Bradley impression, we just didn't think that's possible to do. There will be suffering, but you're going to get a sense of what Pinhead's desires might be in a way that hits a little different.”
Just to be clear, Bruckner asserts this is not a remake, but a new story in the Hellraiser universe.
The new Hellraiser tells the story of Riley – a young woman played by Odessa A’zion. And it sounds as though her tale of drug addiction and compulsive behavior will give the story a modern twist.
If that’s not enough, there’s a brief glimpse at “The Masque” – a new Cenobite who debuts in the upcoming movie.
“The Masque is one of my favorite Cenobites,” said Bruckner. “It's just a tease of really what's to come as far as the Cenobites are concerned.”
That’s right – there will be plenty of other new Cenobites, too.
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The Hellraiser reboot will star Odessa A’zion, Jamie Clayton, Adam Faison, Drew Starkey, Brandon Flynn, Aoife Hinds, Jason Liles, Yinka Olorunnife, Selina Lo, Zachary Hing, Kit Clarke, Goran Visnjic, and Hiam Abbass.
David Bruckner will direct the film based on a script by Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski, and David S. Goyer. Clive Barker is on board as producer alongside Goyer, Keith Levine, and Marc Toberoff.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.