Eric Stonestreet is a scene stealer on ABC’s Modern Family but he’s about to made a radical departure as he’s in final negotiations to star in the dark indie thriller Loft. Variety reports that Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) is also set to join the film, “which follows five married friends who share a loft where each of them bring their mistresses. When the body of an unknown woman is found in the loft, they begin to suspect one another of murder.” As we reported back in February, the film also stars Patrick Wilson and James Marsden. This cast and premise offers the possibility for a tight, claustrophobic thriller…or it could end up like 2006’s disappointing Unknown (as opposed to 2011’s disappointing Unknown). Screenwriter Wesley Strick (the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street) adapted Bart De Pauw’s original screenplay for the 2008 Belgian film of the same name. Erik Van Looy directed that film and will return to helm the remake.
While I’ll be interested in seeing Stonestreet in such a different role from Modern Family‘s Cam, he’ll next be seen in the R-rated comedy Bad Teacher and the family film The Muppets. As for Miller, he’s signed on to the indie drama Analog. He also wrote the script Stoker, which will be directed by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy).