Elijah Wood Joining an Indie Thriller Described as 'Speed' at a Piano
If finding Ryan Reynolds stuck in a grave for 90 minutes in Buried wasn't enough of a stationary suspense thriller for you, then you might want to pay attention to this new indie flick. Heat Vision reports that Elijah Wood will star in Grand Piano, a thriller from The Last Exorcism 2 writer Damien Chazelle and Spanish director Eugenio Mira (who also composed the music for Timecrimes and several other films under the name Chucky Namanera). The story follows a once-great concert pianist who suffers from stage fright and comes back to perform after a five-year hiatus. That seems daunting, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Just as the pianist sits down at his instrument to play the first bar of music, he notices a threatening note on his music sheet that informs him that he must play the best concert of his life in order to save the life of himseld and his wife. The trade describes the film as Speed at a piano. I'm not sure how they plan to keep up the suspense with Wood at a piano, but director Rodrigo Cortes pulled it off with Buried, and the filmmaker is producing the film with Adrian Guerra, a collaborator on the 2010 underground thriller.
Will the person administering these threats be able to communicate with the pianist through an earpiece or something? It remains to be seen, but the film will likely have a great score to go along with it considering the location of the story. Of course, most of the success will come from Wood's performance as the focus of the film (can he really play piano too?). From his role in the remake of Maniac to his TV turns in the dark comedy Wilfred and voice role in Tron: Uprising, Wood is certainly keeping his career interesting, and this is just another intriguing notch in his acting belt. Sound good?