Mary Elizabeth Winstead Cast in Dan Trachtenberg's Sci-Fi 'Valencia'
This sounds just about perfect. We've been following the development of filmmaking Dan Trachtenberg ever since his short Portal: No Escape blew up online a few years back. He's been attached to Y: The Last Man and a few other projects, but is now focused on developing a movie called Valencia, a secret micro-budget sci-fi story in development at Bad Robot set mostly in an underground cellar of sorts. Variety is now reporting that Trachtenberg has cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead to star in the film, which will also feature John Goodman (what - awesome?!) in the cast. I'm so glad this project is starting to actually come together.
So what is Valencia about? From a script by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken, revised by Dan Casey:
"The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, and revolves around a young woman who wakes up in the cellar after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside."
I'm intrigued, to say the least. So it sounds like this will be Mary Elizabeth Winstead trapped in a cellar vs "doomsday prepper" John Goodman. My guess is that there isn't a simple "nothing is going on out there" conclusion, instead something crazy is going on outside, and there might be a big twist once she actually breaks out. But we'll have to wait to see it to find out. In the meantime, at least casting is coming together, and hopefully production will start sooner than later making this Trachtenberg's first feature to shoot. Valencia is developed by Paramount's Insurge label for low-budget films, along with Bad Robot, with a focus on delivering "high-concept" movies under $5 million in total cost. Stay tuned for more updates from here.