Meta remake locks in its lead.

Actress Addison Timlin (‘Zero Hour,’ ‘Californication’) has been tapped to lead MGM’s horror thriller ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown.’

Deadline’s Mike Fleming is hearing that the film will put a modern meta twist on the original with the new film taking place in Texarkana, the site of the 1946 “Moonlight Murders” that inspired the Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 cult original. Timlin will be playing Jami, “a girl who survives a copycat massacre at the film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past.”

‘American Horror Story’ director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is helming with Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum (‘Paranormal Activity,’ ‘Insidious’) producing.