‘Gossip Girl’ and MTV’s ‘Skins’ star Sofia Black-D’Elia (below) is the second cast member this week to sign up for Blumhouse Production’s new outbreak based horror thriller ‘Viral’ (formerly Pest). Earlier in the week ‘Warm Bodies’ star Analeigh Tipton joined the project, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (‘Paranormal Activity 3’), to play one of two sisters who along with their parents struggle to survive a parasitic outbreak after a city-wide quarantine. And now the 22-year old Sofia Black-D’Elia will play the other. The role she’s taking on will be that of Emma Drakeford, the leading role on the project. Production kicks off next week.
“VIRAL follows teenager Emma Drakeford, struggling after a recent family tragedy, who begins a video documentary about her life for a school project. Everything goes crazy when a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town, turning her friends and neighbors into vicious monsters. Quarantined with her family, Emma believes they are out of harm’s way but when the contagion finally infiltrates their home Emma and her family are faced with an impossible decision – if someone you love becomes a threat, do you kill them in cold blood or save them at the risk of your own life?”
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