Ryan Reynolds remains one of my favorite actors working today not only because he’s charming beyond all reason, but because he’s willing to engage in a diversity of work and keeps his filmography interesting as opposed to just falling into endless romantic comedies (and I thought “The Proposal” was good but I’m glad he doesn’t do only that kind of movie *cough* McConaughey *cough*). That diversity continues with Variety’s report that Reynold will star in the upcoming indie thriller “Buried”.
Reynolds will play play a civilian contractor who’s kidnapped in Iraq and awakens buried in a coffin in the desert, armed only with a cell phone, a candle and a knife. The biggest challenge for Reynolds won’t be to convince audiences of why anyone would get that creative with a civilian contractor but in making a civilian contractor likable. I’m not saying they’re necessarily bad people, but if you’re wondering why our soldiers are dying over there, it’s sometimes to protect a civilian contractor who’s getting paid $10,000 to install a broken toilet. Of course, Reynolds will deliver a smile, deploy expert comic timing, and we’ll instantly forgive the Bush Administration. He’s just that good.
The film will begin shooting next month in Barcelona (so don’t freak out “Deadpool” fans; they’re still “working” on that “script”) and shoot entirely in Spain, home to director Rodrigo Cortés.