Brandy will return to the horror genre for her role in the upcoming A24 movie The Front Room. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the film teams up filmmaking siblings Max Eggers (The Lighthouse) and Sam Eggers (Olympia) to co-direct, marking the joint directorial debut for the brothers. Max Eggers co-wrote The Lighthouse with brother Robert Eggers, who directed the film. Sam Eggers co-wrote the documentary Olympia, which follows Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, with Harry Mavromichalis.
The Front Room is an adaptation of a short story of the same name by Susan Hill. It follows a “young, newly pregnant couple forced to take in an ailing stepmother who has long been estranged from the family.”
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Along with Brandy, the ensemble cast of The Front Room also includes Kathryn Hunter (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Andrew Burnap (WeCrashed), and Neal Huff (Spotlight). Lucan Toh, Babak Anvari, Bryan Sonderman, Julia Oh, and David Hinojosa are producing.
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide, Brandy is best known for her accomplishments in music, though she has made some acting appearances on the big and small screens. She starred in the hit sitcom Moesha before going on to lead a TV movie version of Cinderella. Brandy went on to star in the BET sitcom Zoe Ever After and has been more recently appearing in the drama series Queens. In years past, the Grammy winner has also appeared in movies like Osmosis Jones, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, and The Perfect Match. It was reported in March that she will also soon star in the Netflix movie Best. Christmas. Ever.
Brandy Returns to Horror for The Front Room
Brandy is also known to horror fans for her role in the 1998 slasher movie sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. In that movie, Brandy’s character manages to make it to the end of the film alive, though she didn’t appear in the follow-up movie, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. In a 2018 interview, writer Trey Callaway praised Brandy’s acting and explained why she was perfect for her role in the film.
“Brandy is not only a talented performer, but a lovely human being,” Callaway told Bloody Flicks. “And I thought she injected some great energy to the film. Because Julie was so haunted by the events of the first film— you really needed someone like her character of Karla Wilson to keep things as light as possible for as long as possible— and then function as Julie’s stalwart friend and defender to the end.”
Perhaps one reason why Brandy hasn’t rushed back to the genre is because she found herself frightened on the set of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Her co-star Muse Watkins, who played the movie’s killer, told Screen Rant in 2020 that Brandy was so terrified of him that he could visibly see her trying to get away the first time he approached her.
“I do remember Brandy, when I got on set of the first day of the [sequel], Jennifer Love Hewitt ran up to me and said, ‘Brandy is like, falling apart, shaking, because she knows she’s gonna have to meet you,”’ Watkins explained. “And I said, ‘Where is she, Love?’ She said, ‘She’s over in the cafeteria.’ So I walked over to the cafeteria and Love came with me, and lord have mercy, [Brandy] was sitting at the table with eight other girls, in a booth, so there was no way she could get out. And as I walked in the door, she immediately saw who I was, and she got to screaming and trying to get across the other people.”
The Front Room does not yet have a premiere date.