Jeepers Creepers 3 is one of the most hotly anticipated and preemptively loathed films in horror history. Rampant excitement over the long-gestating 3rd installment in the franchise launched in 2001 is tempered by writer/director Victor Salva’s shameful past. After a false start in 2016, JC3 finally went before cameras in Louisiana this February.
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But this doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing for the production from here on out. In addition to a petition launched by horror fans asking the community to boycott Jeepers Creepers 3, we’re just getting news that one of the film’s leads is no longer affiliated with the production.
On February 23rd, we got the full cast list, which included a bona fide horror icon. To recap:
None other than Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Escape From New York) is in for the sequel and will be playing a character named ‘Gaylen Brandon’.
Barbeau’s character was described as a “shattered woman a burning vendetta. When her long dead son starts to appear to her with warnings about the creature who killed him – Gaylen plots to use the information to end the creature once and for all.”
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Today, we’re getting word that Barbeau will not be participating in Jeepers Creepers 3 after all. The actress made the announcement via Facebook:
Contrary to what has been reported, I will not be joining the cast of Jeepers Creepers 3. It’s a great script and if you liked the first two, you’ll love this one.
What’s unclear is whether Barbeau was officially part of the cast but quit, or whether it was initially misreported. The fact that she’s read the script seems to imply she was at least offered the role. At this time, we can only hypothesize on whether she made a decision to retreat based on Salva’s past.
Obviously, this is going to be a bumpy ride! We’ll continue to bring you Jeepers Creepers 3 news as details emerge. Stay tuned.
Official Synopsis: “Trish Jenner is now a mother of a teenage son named Darry, named after the brother she lost 23 years ago. Trish has a recurring nightmare where her son suffers the same fate as her brother did, killed by the Creeper. Determined to prevent this from happening, Trish, who is now a rich and powerful woman, sets out on a final quest with Jack Taggart Sr. and Jr. to end the Creeper’s reign of terror once and for all. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as its enemies grow closer than ever before to learning the secret of its dark origins.”