Anton Yelchin Cast as Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas

The first casting news from the Stephen Sommers-produced adaptation of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas has been released. Anton Yelchin, the twenty-one-year-old Russian-born actor who first caught our attention on the award-winning Showtime series "Huff" alongside Hank Azaria, will play the part of the afterlife-connected short-order cook who finds himself in the precarious position of preventing a mass catastrophe by communicating with spirits. As if that weren't challenge enough, the spirits are also silent. A spirited round of charades, anyone?

Of the various Dean Koontz adaptations that have been made, none have particularly held our attention. But now, with Yelchin attached to star and Sommers slated to produce (and direct, we hope), this is one we'll follow through to the finish. The film's release is set for far-off 2012. If you can't wait that long to find out more, start early with an excerpt from the book.

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