Sherlock Holmes and Mad Men star Jared Harris has been cast in the Poltergeist reboot of the 1982 horror classic, written by Steven Spielberg.

Deadline reports that the actor is set to play Carrigan, who left the world of academia to become the presenter of TV show Haunted House Cleaners.

Harris has been cast opposite Rosemarie DeWitt with Gil Kenan directing and Sam Raimi in the producer's chair.

The site also reports that Sam Rockwell is in talks to join DeWitt as the Bowen family whose home is taken over by a pretty terrifying supernatural presence.

A release date for Poltergeist has yet to be revealed.

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