Jacob’s Ladder has been reimagined for 2019 audiences, but who’s in the cast?

They liked it in the nineties, right? Let’s give it to them again! That’s right, Jacob’s Ladder has finally received the remake treatment and fans of the original are certainly divided. 

This updated vision comes to us courtesy of David M. Rosenthal, the director of How It Ends, The Perfect Guy, A Single Shot, Janie Jones and more. 

It centres upon Vietnam vet Jacob Singer as he struggles with freakish hallucinations after he returns from the war. Alarmingly, his brother Isaac reappears; he was believed to be deceased. Who is he? Or better yet, what is he? And how is his presence connected to Jacob’s nightmarish breakdown? These are questions we hope Rosenthal’s film explains with creativity, confidence and curiosity. 

Michael Ealy as Jacob

In the lead role, we have Michael Ealy. In Adrian Lyne’s 1990 original, Jacob was portrayed by Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River). So, is Ealy a good substitute?

He’s starred in such films as Last Vegas, Underworld Awakening, Takers and Seven Pounds; it’s not exactly as prestigious as Robbins’ body of work, by any means, but hopefully, he does something interesting with the role. 

He’ll appear alongside the likes of Joseph Sikora (Jack Reacher), Nicole Beharie (Shame), Guy Burnet (The Affair) and importantly, Jesse Williams… 

Jesse Williams as Isaac

Williams plays Jacob’s brother, Isaac, and judging from the trailer he boasts the most intense and mysterious performance of the film – although, we’ll have to wait and see what else is in store. 

He’s been in some pretty good films over the years, boasting roles in Drew Goddard’s subversive horror debut The Cabin in the Woods, 2009’s Brooklyn’s Finest and more.

However, you may know him as Dr. Jackson Avery in Grey’s Anatomy

Jesse Williams attends the Kenzo Menswear Fall

Do we need it?

As stated, fans of the original are definitely divided about the prospect of a remake. The 1990 film is considered somewhat of a cult classic by many and has actually aged rather well. Some of its visuals are cemented into the minds of genre fans, with good reason. 

There have been some very worthwhile horror-remake success stories over the years, such as 2006’s The Hills Have Eyes and 2013’s Evil Dead. However, the reaction to the trailer suggests that this could fall into the mix of unnecessary retreads. 

Its fate isn’t sealed yet though; let’s hope it arrives and provides new depth to Jacob’s visions with a refreshing new twist. 

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