More excellent casting news from the Craig Gillespie directed remake of the 1985 fangfest Fright Night as the names of David Tennant and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are thrown into the ring.

UK readers will know Tennant from his time in Doctor Who, for which he was accorded the status of national treasure, and Mintz-Plasse knocked McLovin’ into the past when he donned the tights as Red Mist in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass.

They join Toni Collette, Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell to complete the cast in what could have been just another soulless 80s remake, but is now shaping up to be something special.

HeatVision spilled the casting beans, and here’s who Tennant and Mintz-Plasse will play in the film,

Tennant will play Peter Vincent, a character who in the original movie was played by Roddy McDowall as the host of a late-night horror show. In the remake, he’s a Las Vegas magician whose show revolves around horror-movie imagery. Vincent claims to be a vampire expert, but when the teen turns to him for assistance, he’s less than helpful.

Mintz-Plasse is playing Evil Ed, Yelchin’s friend who feels slighted that Charlie has left his nerdy past behind and thus joins the vampire’s coven.

I’m hoping that they won’t have Tennant mugging at the camera in the way he sometimes did on Doctor Who – he’s a far more capable actor than that, and in the right hands he could make a splash across the pond.

And I love an excuse to show off the original poster again…