'The Midnight Club' on Netflix: Who is Ilonka Pawluk? Iman Benson's character is diagnosed with thyroid cancer

'The Midnight Club' on Netflix: Who is Ilonka Pawluk? Iman Benson's character is diagnosed with thyroid cancer
Iman Benson and Igby Rigney in 'The Midnight Club' (Netflix)

Retro is back in style, be it fashion or movies. Mike Flanagan whose work has attracted the praise of critics for his directing and lack of reliance on jump scares. Many renowned figures of Hollywood like Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, and William Friedkin, among others, have praised him for his spectacular work. Flanagan has created, produced, and served as showrunner on the Netflix supernatural horror anthology series, 'The Haunting', which consists of 'The Haunting of Hill House,' and 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' which has had amazing reviews after its release. Flanagan is back with yet another series to spook you this October.

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After which, Flanagan created and directed the Netflix horror mini-series 'Midnight Mass' in 2021, and is continuing the mini-series legacy with the much-anticipated show for this Halloween month, the upcoming Netflix series, 'The Midnight Club'. During the pandemic in May 2020, it was announced an adaptation of Christopher Pike's young adult novel 'The Midnight Club' would be created for Netflix by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong, which has finally happened. Among the nine main leads is Iman Benson's Ilonka Pawluk, read more to know about the 22-year-old's character in the upcoming series. 

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Iman Benson is a rising actress from Atlanta, Georgia best known for her roles in 'Uncle Buck,' 'Alexa & Katie,' and 'BlackAF'. She was announced to be the lead role in Flanagan's upcoming horror mystery. According to Netflix Tudum, Iman, the 22-year-old who stars as Ilonka, a high school senior on her way to Stanford University until she’s diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer and heads to Brightcliffe Manor instead of her dream college. At her new hospice home, she befriends a group of similarly ill teens who sneak into the library every night and tells each other scary stories but what the pack of teens doesn't know is that Brightcliffe has a mysterious history and a hell of a lot of secrets lurking in the shadows. 

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According to the book by Pike, every night at 12, a group of young girls and boys at the hospice come together. They called themselves the Midnight Club, and every time they came together, they would take turns telling each other stories. Any type of story they could think of, they would tell- ones filled with intrigue and horror, of life and death, be it true stories, made-up stories, and stories that fell somewhere in between.

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But one night, in the middle of a particularly scary story, the five kids make a pact with each other saying that the first one who dies is to make every effort to contact the others from beyond the grave. It was all hunkey-dory until one of them does die, and the story begins. However, it is not confirmed by the team of the Netflix series which teenager will die in the upcoming series, and perhaps what is safe to guess is that Benson is the lead of the pack who will probably survive till the end.

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