Would play the lead in horror prequel…

Former ‘EastEnders’ actor Sam Strike is reportedly close to landing the titular lead in ‘Leatherface,’ the upcoming prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 slasher classic ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.’

Penned by newcomer scribe Seth M. Sherwood, the plot sees a young nurse kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind; molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.

French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (‘Livid,’ ‘Inside’) are attached to direct with Carl Mazzocone, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman producing.