'Cabin in the Woods' Star Fran Kranz Will Solve the 'Murder of a Cat'
After stealing nearly every scene in Drew Goddard's original and fantastic Cabin in the Woods, it looks like Fran Kranz is looking to shack up with another master of tongue-in-cheek horror. ComingSoon has learned that Kranz will star in Murder of a Cat, a murder mystery thriller from producer Sam Raimi which will also mar the directorial debut of the Spider-Man director's wife Gillian Greene-Raimi. As the title implies, the story follows a hapless 28-year-old eccentric who vows justice when he finds his beloved cat shot dead with a crossbow arrow. Sounds a bit silly, but there's more, and it only gets better. Read on!
After some sleuthing, the man is shocked to discover that his cat was living a double life with a mysterious young woman. Forced into an awkward partnership, the two cat owners must embark on an epic suburban murder mystery that leads them to a conspiracy far greater than they ever imagined. Yeah, this sounds like it's going to be awesome. And if the story doesn't tickle your fancy, you should know that the script from Christian Magalhars and Robert Snow made the Black List back in 2010, so it's apparently got a great hook.
Kranz replaces Jay Baruchel who was once attached to star in the Lionsgate film, and his comedic sensibilities in Cabin in the Woods make him perfect for this flick. He joins Dianne Wiest and J.K. Simmons in the film that sounds like a comedic noir that could rival the parody that Steve Martin delivered with Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. But as with Raimi's productions, this will probably be a lot more subtle in its skewering of the genre. This sounds like it's going to be hilarious, and could bend the noir genre the same way Cabin in the Woods did with horror.
Kranz is by far my favorite unknown actor. He was phenomenal in Dollhouse and also helped to put Cabin in the Woods in my top 5 films so far this year.
Matt Peloquin on Aug 14, 2012
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