Actor Jeremy Irvine has been cast in the Return to Silent Hill movie as James Sunderland, who is also the protagonist of Silent Hill 2. Actress Hannah Emily Anderson has been cast in the film as well, likely as Mary, but it’s actually unclear what her name will be in this horror reboot.
Return to Silent Hill plot will follow Silent Hill 2
As noted by Deadline, the story for Return to Silent Hill will more or less be directly adapted from the classic Silent Hill 2, originally released on PlayStation 2 in 2001. Jeremy Irvine, an English actor who some may recognize for his work in War Horse (2011) and the Treadstone TV series (2021) from the world of Jason Bourne, will play James who receives a strange letter from “his one true love” that leads him to Silent Hill.
Director Christophe Gans, who directed the original Silent Hill film, describes the movie as “a mythological love story” and reveals that some of the iconic monsters from the game will be reimagined with “new designs.” He hopes that Return to Silent Hill and the Silent Hill 2 remake “will propel the franchise forward.” Filming will begin in April in Germany and Eastern Europe.
Gans revealed that he was working on a Silent Hill movie all the way back in February 2020, and even disclosed that Konami was working on several Silent Hill games before their announcement. It likely took this long for the movie to start production, because Konami wanted this film and the new Silent Hill games “to help marketing and engagement” with one another.