Stranger Things actor Dacre Montgomery has signed on as a lead in upcoming horror movie Went Up The Hill. The Australian actor had first joined the stellar cast of the Netflix show for Stranger Things season 2 as Billy Hargrove, Max’s stepbrother. His character starts out as a bitter teenager but traversed through an arc becoming the man of the hour by the end of season 3. The same year, Montgomery had also appeared as Red Ranger in Power Rangers’ reboot, and later, as Steve Binder in Elvis this year. He is also slated to star in the drama Spider & Jessie.
Went Up The Hill, directed and written by Samuel Van Grinsven and co-written by Jory Anast, is being produced by Samantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton of Causeway Films, an outfit that shares other notable credits from the same genre namely The Babadook and The Nightingale. The film is currently in pre-production and is likely to be developed in New Zealand very soon. As the project starts to come into fruition, the movie has added some big names to its cast.
As reported by Deadline, Montgomery is going to lead alongside Phantom Thread star Vicky Krieps in Went Up The Hill. The plot of the film revolves around Montgomery’s character Jack, abandoned as a child, who as a young man journeys to one of New Zealand’s remote areas to attend the funeral of his estranged mother. Here, he runs into Krieps’ character Jill, his mother’s widow. If it wasn’t strange already, it is the ghost of the mother that the two protagonists in the discussion start to inhabit.
With this, Montgomery has landed another role as a troubled character in a supernatural setting, something synonymous with Stranger Things. Soon after the release of Stranger Things season 2 in 2017, Montgomery’s character became a quick fan-favorite. In 2019, he returned for the role in the third season, and most recently, Billy appeared as a guest in Stranger Things season 4. Like him, even Krieps is not new to the genre. She has acted in M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller Old. So it is safe to say the actors in the setup have already been tried and tested, and it is going to be interesting to see their on-screen chemistry.
However, there does lurk a red flag. Montgomery is still famously remembered as Billy, an evil teenage boy who by the end of the show bagged the status of hero with fans showering love for Montogmery in various art forms. Fresh off this craftily-done portrayal, the star headlining in a similar role could run the risk of retreading familiar territory. Though time and again newcomers outdo themselves in their performances, there have also been instances where these actors have been typecast early on in their careers and have found it difficult to break through the mold. All in all, the duo looks set to repeat history with their already proven track record of acting in the said genre. In Went Up The Hill, Montgomery and Krieps sharing screen for the first time looks like a promising project for now.