Elijah Wood To Play For His Life
The actor is set to star in an indie thriller, which seems him as a pianist under threat...
Elijah Wood has been confirmed to star in Grand Piano, an indie thriller written by Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) and to be directed by Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Mira, which has been amusingly described by studio executives as "Speed at a piano."
One wonders how the unstoppable destructive nature of these Speed-type actioners will apply to a story about a once-great pianist. Wood plays said pianist, who suffers from stage fright, but returns to performing after walking away five years earlier. Little does he know that his first concert will become a quest to save his life, and that of his wife, after he discovers that someone has written a "threatening note" on his music sheet, and he must play the best concert of his life if he wants to remain alive...
Adrian Guerra and Rodrigo Cortes, who produced the Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried, are also on board to produce, with the film to shoot in Spain and US later in the year.
For Wood, it's another eclectic role to add to his busy schedule of late. The actor's film Mechanic is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month, and later in the year audiences are sure to turn out in masses to see Wood reprise his role as Frodo in Peter Jackson's highly anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. For now, the actor's back at work on the second season of Wilfred.
Photo credit: Wood, courtesy of Getty Images/Ian Gavan.