Mark Webber to Lead the Psychological Thriller 'Angry Little God'
We're big fans of Mark Webber here, and after seeing his career take off with roles in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and his impressive trifecta of performances at Sundance 2012 (check out our video interview with him here), he'll hopefully continue to rise in the coming years. Variety reports that the actor is in talks to join a project that's a bit outside his regular wheelhouse, a psychological thriller called Angry Little God that is a remake of a Thai film called 13: Game of Death. Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) will step behind the camera for this one, and it sounds way more intense than anything Webber has tackled before.
The story, adapted by Stamm and his writing partner David Birke, follows a young man (Webber) who wants to clear his huge debt before his upcoming wedding, and when he receives a mysterious phone call revealing that he's on a hidden camera game show and must complete 13 tasks to win $6,000,000, it seems like the answer he's been looking for. But after agreeing to participate, he realizes that the tasks are getting progressively more extreme as he's manipulated by the unseen audience of the game show. Sounds a bit like David Fincher's The Game, but with a bit edgier sensibility. I'm stoked to see Webber take on something so wildly different from the general nice guys that he normally plays, and watching him battle his way through these grisly tasks sounds like a hell of a good time.
It's also worth noting that Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum is producing this film, so it's a safe bet that we can expect the sort of low-budget sensibilities mixed with high quality genre fare that has made Blum a go-to guy in the industry over the past couple of years. We've got high hopes for this one, and we'll keep you posted as the production moves toward a start date.