Cassandra Peterson, better known as the horror icon Elvira, has landed her next role in a big horror movie, but it's not how you're used to seeing her. We've learned that the out actress will be joining the cast of Rob Zombie's upcoming The Munsters film.
Zombie, who is directing the film reboot of the classic TV series, shared a picture of Peterson on his Instagram to announce the casting. "Straight from the set of The Munsters is your first look at Barbara Carr, the #1 real estate agent in all of Mockingbird Heights," he said. "Barbara is played by none other than the Cassandra Peterson. Yes, the Mistress of the Dark has joined the cast of The Munsters."
"For the first time in my life," she wrote about her partner T in her book Yours Cruelly, Elvira. "I'm with someone who makes me feel safe, blessed, and truly loved."
Peterson has joked that "straight older guys" stopped being her fan after she came out. "The straight people, I knew that there were going to be some horny old men out there who were just not going to like the fact that they didn't have a chance with me anymore," Peterson said.
Zombie's Munsters reboot will star Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster, his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster, and Daniel Roebuck as Grandpa Munster. Other cast members include Richard Brake as Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang, Jorge Garcia as Floop, Sylvester McCoy as Igor, and Catherine Schell as Zoya Krupp.
Zombie has been sharing a lot of information on the upcoming show via his Instagram, where he shared the first look of cast members in costumes as the wacky Munsters characters. He also recently shared information on what the tone of the show will be.
"For those of you speculating, wondering, and assuming that The Munsters would be dirty, violent, and nasty...well, you are wrong," Zombie, who is known for his over-the-top dirty, violent, and nasty horror films, said. "It's all good down on Mockingbird Lane."
The original Munsters show was a family sitcom, and since Zombie is known for his extremely R-rated films and music, fans were wondering what the movie would be like. Now we know it will be rated PG for "macabre and suggestive material" as well as "scary images and language."