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Wentworth Miller wrote the screenplay for Stoker, as well as a prequel, Uncle Charlie. He used the pseudonym Ted Foulke for submitting his work, later explaining "I just wanted the scripts to sink or swim on their own." Miller's script was voted to the 2010 "Black List" of the 10 best unproduced screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood. Miller described it as a "horror film, a family drama and a psychological thriller." Although influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula, Miller clarified thatStoker was "not about vampires. It was never meant to be about vampires but it is a horror story. A stoker is one who stokes, which also ties in nicely with the narrative." Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt also influenced the film. Miller said: "The jumping-off point is actually Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. So, that's where we begin, and then we take it in a very, very different direction."
The film marks director Park Chan-wook's English-language debut. In January 2011, it was reported that Mia Wasikowska was in negotiations to play the teenager, and in February, Nicole Kidmanalso entered negotiations to join the cast. In June, it was reported that Matthew Goode was in talks to play the uncle, after Colin Firth, who was attached earlier, had to drop out. Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich, and Dermot Mulroney joined the cast in July and August 2011.
Filming took 40 days. beginning in Nashville, Tennessee, in September 2011. Portions were also filmed in nearby Murfreesboro on September 22, as well as in Sewanee, home of the University of the South. Principal photography wrapped on October 23.