‘Hellraiser’: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Finalist Gottmik Auditioned to Play Pinhead in the New Movie

David Bruckner (The Night House), who helmed Netflix’s The Ritual as well as sections of Bloody Disgusting’s horror anthologies V/H/S and Southbound, is directing the relaunch of the Hellraiser franchise for Spyglass Media, set to be a Hulu feature film written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (SiREN, Super Dark Times, The Night House).

We don’t know much at all about the movie at this time – Odessa A’zion was recently cast in a lead role – but an interesting tidbit from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” finalist Gottmik this week may give us some indication as to Bruckner’s vision for a reimagined Pinhead.

The popular drag performer, who recently cosplayed as Pinhead on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” submitted an audition to play Pinhead in the new movie, Entertainment Weekly reports.

When they saw my Hellraiser [look], they gave me the audition for Pinhead. I did [go on tape]! But I wasn’t menacing enough!” Gottmik explains to Entertainment Weekly. “I had to read a bunch, I was in my apartment, against the wall, full-on trying to be Pinhead, pretending to pull needles out of my head, just going in! It was so funny!”

Gottmik continues, “I wanted to be Pinhead more than anything in my soul, but, also, I’m like, I get that! I mean, at least let me walk on the carpet in that look! I’ll make a new one! I just want to be there. I’ll just be in the background next to Pinhead!”

As you may recall, a “Hellraiser” television series is also in the works at HBO Max with David Gordon Green (HalloweenHalloween Kills) directing the pilot and “several more initial episodes,” and Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus, Godzilla: King of the Monsters) writing alongside Mark Verheiden (“Battlestar Galactica”). Clive Barker will executive produce.

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