Who knew babysitting was the easiest gateway to becoming an expert monster hunter? A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is coming to Netflix complete with an all-around awesome creative team. The film is based on the first book in Joe Ballarini’s series of the same name and, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, will star Oona Laurence (Pete’s Dragon) as Kelly Ferguson.
In the book, the novice babysitter’s first assignment goes awry when the kid is kidnapped by the Boogeyman. Talk about terrible luck. Kelly encounters a secret society of babysitters who will do anything to protect kids, including wielding weapons to fight off a ton of monsters. There’s also an ancient handbook to guide the crew through their quest to defeat the source of every kid’s worst nightmares for good.
Actor Indya Moore, who currently stars in the groundbreaking ball culture series Pose, Tamara Smart (The Worst Witch), and Harry Potter’s very own Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) join Laurence to round out the cast. It’s not clear what roles they will play, although its assumed that Smart will be a part of the babysitter clan. Moore is likely taking on the role of an older sibling or veteran babysitter who wants to teach the kids a thing or two about monsters. And, honestly, who doesn’t want to see Tom Felton as an actual Boogeyman who kidnaps unsuspecting children? Please don’t miss this opportunity Netflix.
But wait, it gets even better! Rachel Talalay has been tapped to direct this family-friendly film. Her recent work on Doctor Who, The Chilling Aventures of Sabrina, and Sherlock make her a great fit for this type of movie. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting doesn’t have a premiere date just yet but it might lead to an epic moment that brings Potterheads, Whovians, and Sherlockians together for one strange (and probably fun) adventure.
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