Lucy Hale is expanding her film career one again after leaving the set of “Pretty Little Liars”. The popular star has joined the new feature-length adaptation of the ABC TV series “Fantasy Island,” with Blumhouse Productions and Sony Pictures co-producing the project.
Hale will see a familiar face on set, she will once again be working with Director Jeff Wadlow. The two worked on the 2018 thriller “Truth or Dare,” which was produced by Jason Blum, a film that made $41M domestically before going on to make over $94M worldwide. In the new adaptation of “Fantasy Island,” Hale is one of the guests of the island. Hale’s character will be hoping to see all her dreams come true, but nothing ever turns out quite the way that the guests had hoped at this luxurious tourist trap. Since the film is a co-production of Blumhouse and Sony, with the same director and actor from “Truth or Dare,” we suspect that this adaptation will be a little darker than the original series.
Also starring in the film is Michael Pena, who has taken the role of island host Mr. Roarke. The project will also star Jimmy O. Yang from “Crazy Rich Asians”.
Fans of Hale can also expect to see her in the upcoming comedy “A Nice Girl Like You,” directed by Chris and Nick Riedell. Starring alongside Hale in that film are Jackie Cruz, Skye P. Marshall, Leah McKendrick, and Leonidas Gulaptis. We don’t have a release date for “A Nice Girl Like You” at this time, but we will probably get a few teasers and a firm release date over the next few months.
The original “Fantasy Island” series ran from 1977 to 1984 and was a consistent hit for ABC. The series featured Ricardo Montalban as Mr. Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as Tattoo, the two big staples of the ever changing cast of characters. The series filled out episodes with frequent stops from any celebrity looking for some exposure. Dozens of stars would guest star for an episode or two on the show, which was a popular structure for series to do at the time. “The Love Boat,” which also began in 1977 and ran through 1984, did pretty much the same thing.