War Horse star Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox have signed on to star in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.

Hammer’s The Angel of Death continues the story of smash horror The Woman in Black four decades later. Seized by the government during World War II, the sudden arrival of a group of evacuated children at Eel Marsh House awakens its darkest inhabitant.

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Directed by Tom Harper, the film is produced by the same production team behind The Woman in Black and produced by Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Simon Oakes, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Talisman Films’ Richard Jackson, in addition to Roy Lee who will serve as executive producer.

Screenwriter Jon Croker wrote the screenplay, based on an original story by Susan Hill (The Woman In Black). 

Sales are being handled by Alex Walton of Exclusive, who will introduce the title to buyers at Cannes. Entertainment One will co-finance the film and distribute in the UK, Spain and Canada.

Director Tom Harper said: “Jeremy and Phoebe are fantastic actors to continue The Woman in Black’s chilling tale. I’m looking forward to working with them both on the film and can’t wait to start shooting with the pair.”

Irvine will next be seen in The Railway Man opposite Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. He recently wrapped production on The World Made Straight and One Night in Old Mexico

The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by James Watkins, became the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, making more than $130 worldwide.

Irvine is represented by CAA, Hatton McEwan Penford and Schreck Rose Dapello and Adams and Phoebe Fox by WME and the Curtis Brown Group.

Fox is a former Screen Star of Tomorrow and has featured in TV series’ Black Mirror and Switch.