And in today's installment of WTF?! -- Jerry O'Connell, best known to genre fans for his turns in Stand by Me, Sliders, Scream 2, and that goofy old kid superhero show My Secret Identity has been cast as Herman Munster in Bryan Fuller's reboot of The Munsters for NBC. Yes, chubby little Verne, who grew up and married a supermodel, is now a monster. Simply awesome. More after the jump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Jerry O'Connell has a new address: 1313 Mockingbird Lane. The former Defenders star has been cast as Herman Munster in Mockingbird Lane, NBC's reboot of 1960s sitcom The Munsters, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed."
"In the reboot, family patriarch Herman -- as in the 1964-66 CBS series -- has a permanent home under Grandpa Munster's thumb. O'Connell joins the previously cast Eddie Izzard, who will play the powerful and quick-witted vampire in a role that was originated by Al Lewis.
"Mason Cook will play Herman and Lily's werewolf son, Eddie. Bryan Singer will executive produce and direct the pilot.
"NBC initially eyed the reboot, from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, for this development season but pushed the project to summer.
"Fuller and NBC first made an attempt to revive the sitcom last year, with the network ultimately passing. His newer version is said to be an edgier and slightly darker take, exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster (originally played by Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo) and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
"The original series, produced by Universal Studios, aired 70 episodes.
"O'Connell, repped by UTA and 3Arts, most recently starred on CBS' legal drama The Defenders, which was canceled after one season."