The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki swaps comedy for horror in The Ring 3

The 39-year-old, who plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in the US sitcom, will star in the scary film franchise about a videotape that kills its viewers in seven days

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Johnny Galecki is exchanging equations and experiments as a sensitive scientist for a turn in a cult horror movie. 

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The 39-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, is set to star in an upcoming instalment of The Ring franchise.

Galecki will play one of the leads in Rings, the third film about a cursed videotape that kills its viewers after seven days, reports Deadline

It might seem like a dramatic change for the actor, but it’s not the star’s first foray into horror – Galecki appeared in 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer – and he won’t be playing that far from type as Gabriel, a professor, albeit a “a handsome, pleasure-seeking” one. 

Based on a 1998 Japanese horror film, The Ring first hit cinemas back in 2002 starring Naomi Watts who reprised her role for a sequel, The Ring Two, released three years later in 2005. 

Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and written by David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman, Rings also stars Alex Roe and Matilda Lutz as a boyfriend-girlfriend duo whom Gabriel helps out.The film is currently in production and will release on Friday 13th November. 

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