Brody, Whitaker, Wood and Gigandet Join The Experiment
by Alex Billington
June 19, 2009
Now this should be a very interesting cast. Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Elijah Wood and Cam Gigandet have all joined The Experiment, a remake of the German psychological thriller Das Experiment. The original film, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, is about a psychological experiment where a group of ordinary people are recruited to take on various roles as guards or prisoners. The research study examines how the effects of these assigned roles, power, and control affect the participants. Brody will play the de facto leader of the group of prisoners while Whitaker will play a guard who becomes corrupted by the power he's given.
Inferno Entertainment and Magnet Media Group are developing The Experiment. They have hired "Prison Break" creator Paul Scheuring to direct from a screenplay he also wrote himself. Shooting will begin in Iowa next month. I don't know much about the original German film, but this reminds me a lot of Jonathan Liebesman's The Killing Room, which was also a film about a psychological experiment, but more about the effects of stress in situations, rather than prisoners and guards. However, I loved seeing that play out, and I expect I'll feel the same way about this. The cast is the key and they've certainly chosen some great actors.