History of Evil is Shudder’s newest announced project in a month that has been full of announcements. Earlier this month, Shudder had announced it had acquired the film The Cellar. Days later, they announced the acquisition of the South-African horror film Good Madam. Last week they announced that the film Attachment will be joining the streaming service. Today, Shudder has announced the cast of the upcoming Shudder Original film, History of Evil.

Learn more about the new film by Bo Mirhosseni, featuring a familiar voice from the recent Disney hit Encanto.


Stephanie Beatriz and Paul Wesley to Headline Bo Mirhosseni’s Debut Horror Thriller

NEW YORK – February 17, 2022 – Shudder announced today that Stephanie Beatriz and Paul Wesley will headline the cast of the Shudder Original Film HISTORY OF EVIL, a horror-thriller written and directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Bo Mirhosseni. Produced by XYZ Films, Two & Two Pictures, and Jake Siegel, the film will stream exclusively on Shudder in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

In the film, a family on the run from a corrupt state takes refuge in a safe house with an evil past – a terrifying last stop on a near-future Underground Railroad.

Beatriz is best known for her work on such hits as ENCANTO, IN THE HEIGHTS, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and she’s just finishing an incredibly successful run starring in 2:22: A GHOST STORY on stage in London’s West End. She is repped by ICM Partners, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, and attorney, Mitch Smelkinson. 

Wesley is known for roles in “The Vampire Diaries,” BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, PEACEFUL WARRIOR, and “Tell me a Story”. Wesley has a burgeoning directing and producing career under his production banner, Citizen Media. He is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and attorney, Marcy Morris.

Both Beatriz and Wesley will serve as executive producers.

“We are thrilled to be working with XYZ and Two & Two Pictures as we continue to spotlight new and emerging storytellers within this genre, and Bo’s thrilling film debut is no exception,” said Emily Gotto, VP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Shudder. “We are excited to have such talents as Stephanie and Paul on board to bring these dynamic characters to life and look forward to sharing the film with Shudder members.” 

Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh of Two & Two Pictures commented, “We are delighted to be working with Bo, Stephanie, and Paul on this deeply terrifying and unique horror film, and honored to have found a home at Shudder, whose cutting-edge platform has continues to push genre films forward. Everyone on this team has demonstrated a commitment to bringing timely and entertaining stories to the world, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them.”

HISTORY OF EVIL is the first project under a pact between XYZ Films and Two & Two Pictures to discover, develop and produce projects from first and second-time genre filmmakers from under-represented demographics. The pact is set to produce two to three pictures a year initially and was hatched as a result of XYZ Films partnering with Two & Two on UNDER THE SHADOW, Anvari’s feature film debut, which went on to win a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut. The companies most recently collaborated on Anvari’s third feature film, I CAME BY, which is currently in post-production. Two & Two, based in London and Los Angeles, was founded in 2017 by Anvari and Toh after they worked together on Anvari’s debut, UNDER THE SHADOW.

About Shudder 

AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers, and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.

About XYZ Films

XYZ Films is an independent studio whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As a producer, financier, and distributor, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ recently expanded into talent management, working with a global roster of filmmakers. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian. The company’s titles include THE RAID franchise, 2017 Sundance winner I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE, and Panos Cosmatos’ psychedelic revenge thriller MANDY.

About Two & Two

Founded by Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh, Two & Two Pictures is a London and Los Angeles-based Production Company dedicated to creating distinctive, filmmaker-driven content for film, television, and emerging formats. We specialize in finding unique voices and supporting their vision from development through release. Toh and Anvari first worked together on Anvari’s debut feature film, Under The Shadow, which was the UK selection for the Foreign Language Academy Award and won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut in 2017. Two & Two produced Anvari’s second feature Wounds, and the anthology horror series Monsterland for Hulu. The Company is in post-production on Anvari’s third feature, I CAME BY, for Netflix. Two & Two have a First Look TV Deal at AMC Studios.

Excited about History of Evil?

What do you think about the casting announcement for Shudder’s upcoming original film? Stephanie Beatriz is hot off the massive success of Encanto. Meanwhile, Paul Wesley comes from the super successful show “The Vampire Diaries.”

Let us know what you think about the news in the comments!

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