Ex EastEnders star Sam Strike is in talks to star in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel.
The 21-year-old actor, best known for playing Danny Dyer’s screen son Johnny Carter on BBC soap EastEnders, is nearing a deal to portray the teenager who grows up to be the chainsaw-towing killer, Leatherface, in the horror film.
The original story of the murderer, titled Leatherface, is being written by Seth M Sherwood and will be directed by French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, reported The Wrap.
The film is expected to chronicle Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s, looking at how he became a serial killer.
Icelandic actor Gunnar Hansen portrayed the character in the 1974 slasher film, with Bill Johnson, R A Mihailoff, Robert Jacks, Andrew Bryniarski and Dan Yeager playing other incarnations.
Sam Strike with his EastEnders co-stars Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright and Maddy Hill (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Aside from EastEnders, Sam appeared in CBBC series M.I. High.
He left EastEnders last December, although executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has said ‘the door is wide open’ for the actor to return.
Thanks for all the love this year guys. Means the world. Decided to bow out. couldn’t have done it without you all . thanks @bbceastenders.
— Sam Strike (@SamStrike) November 14, 2014
Sam had also been rumoured to be in the frame for the coveted Spider-Man role, although he has denied the stories.
I google spiderman everyday , to all of a sudden be rumoured in connection is a fanboys dream . but it’s not true .
— Sam Strike (@SamStrike) March 10, 2015