SyFy has released a teaser trailer for its upcoming sequel Leprechaun Returns. This will be the eighth film in the Leprechaun franchise, which started back in 1993. SyFy already attempted to reboot the franchise in 2014 with its ill-fated Leprechaun: Origins, which featured a computer-generated Leprechaun instead of Warwick Davis in make-up and costume. While the production value was pretty good as far as the Leprechaun movies go, the change of main character did not please fans of the previous films. The network apparently listened, making Leprechaun Returns a direct sequel to the original 1993 film, with an actual person playing the lead villain. Leprechaun Returns will premiere on SyFy in March of 2019.
The film picks up 25 years after the events of the 1993 original, which found a maniacal leprechaun doing whatever it takes (including committing gruesome murder) to track down his stolen pot of gold. The leprechaun menaced Tory Redding (Jennifer Aniston) until he was finally defeated by shooting a four-leaf clover down his throat. Leprechaun Returns finds the leprechaun revived in the modern day when a group of sorority girls unwittingly awaken him while tearing down a cabin to build a new sorority house. The new sequel is written by Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs Evil Dead) and directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void).
The cast is led by Taylor Spreitler (Kevin Can Wait) as Lila, Pepi Sonuga (Ash vs Evil Dead) as Katie, Sai Bennett (Lake Placid: Legacy) as Rose, and Linden Porco as the leprechaun (replacing longtime star Warwick Davis). The film will also bring back a co-star from the original film in Mark Holton, who will reprise his role as Ozzie, the group’s goofball friend almost killed by the leprechaun all those years ago. Additional co-stars include Emily Reid as Meredith, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins as Matt, and Ben McGregor as Andy.