It’s been a long time since we’ve seen actress Katie Holmes in a big budget or just decent film. Her last movie was the 2008 unseen comedy Mad Money, which came and went and up until recently she’s been missing in action. The actress is taking a darker turn in the new film entitled Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. According to Variety, the feature has been written by Guillermo del Toro for Miramax Films and will be directed by his protege Troy Nixey. 

More on the film after the jump.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is based on a 1973 made for TV movie about a girl who moves in with her dad and his girlfriend, only to discover that they’re sharing their home with some “devilish creatures.” Nixey will be making his directorial debut with this film, as he transitions from his current career as a comic book artist. After viewing his short feature Latchkey’s Lament, del Toro knew that he could take his vision for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark to another level. The film begins shooting this summer in Melbourne, and is being tagged as a “Guillermo del Toro Presentation.”

I’ve seen Holmes in crappy horror thriller’s before, i.e. Teaching Misses Tingle and Disturbing Behavior, but nothing near the caliber of del Toro. This man knows Gothic literature, art, and film. This will be an interesting match up for both parties. The last film I saw her in was Batman Begins and that was four years ago. This project sounds like something that might convince me to give her another shot as an actress. 

What do you think of Katie Holmes starring in a del Toro horror film? Is it a good fit or should they cast someone else?