Although Elijah Wood will be appearing as Frodo in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, this new NSFW international trailer for the Maniac remake suggests that the One Ring has done irreparable damage to his psyche. A contemporary re-imagining of William Lustig’s 1980 slasher flick, Maniac stars Wood as Frank, a shy owner of a mannequin store with a fetish for stalking and scalping young women. The Franck Khalfoun-directed remake appears to be told from the point of view of Frank as the new trailer clearly shows.
Also starring America Olivo, Liane Balaban and Nora Arnezeder, Maniac is currently touring the festival circuit. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
As if these images from Elijah Wood’s remake of the 1980 slasher flick, Maniac, weren’t disturbing enough, here’s a new trailer to haunt your dreams. This NSFW first look at the Franck Khalfoun-directed thriller features nudity, gruesome violence and the scalping of not just the dime-store mannequins, but real live women as well. The original, directed by William Lustig, starred Joe Spinell as Frank, a psychopath with a history of childhood abuse who takes women’s scalps as trophies. Wood is doing his best to out-creep Spinell in this trailer and I dare say that he has succeeded. Maniac also stars America Olivo and Nora Arnezeder. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
The first images from the remake of the 1980 slasher pic Maniac have gone online. Elijah Wood stars as the owner of a mannequin store (that’s not creepy at all) who spends his spare time stalking prey on the internet and planning out his kills. The character suffers hallucinations that take him back to when his mother abused him, and he gains a sense of revenge against his mother each time he kills a victim. Franck Khalfoun (P2) directs this redo, and the film is actually slated to premiere as part of the Midnight lineup at next week’s Cannes Film Festival. These first images show an appropriately bloody Wood, female lead Nora Arnezeder, and a brain damaged mannequin.
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Elijah Wood shined in the debut season of FX’s Wilfred, but now the actor is taking on hallucinations of a decidedly darker sort. The actor has nabbed himself the lead in the indie remake of the 1980 serial killer pic Maniac. Deadline confirms (as first reported by Bloody Disgusting) that Wood will play a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins, and spends his spare time stalking prey on the internet and planning out his kills. The character suffers hallucinations that take him back to when his mother abused him, and he gains a sense of revenge against his mother each time he kills a victim. Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) also stars, as reported by BD. Franck Khalfoun (P2) is directing the indie, and Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D) and Gregory Lavasseur (The Hills Have Eyes) are onboard to produce.
Wood is set to reprise his role as Frodo throughout the year-long production of The Hobbit, and recently completed work in the dramedy Celeste and Jesse Forever. His voice talents will be on display with the release of Happy Feet Two on November 18th.
Universal has released the first trailer for the thriller Safe House starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The story centers on a young CIA agent (Reynolds) who must team up with the dangerous criminal in order to survive when their safe house is destroyed by mercenaries. The trailer goes heavy on the action, but it looks like director Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) has done a great job. But the biggest hook is the dynamic between Washington and Reynolds. Few actors have as much fun playing the bad guy as Washington and he clearly relishes flipping between charm and malevolence on a dime. My only complaint with the trailer is that it shows a little too much, but overall I like what I’m seeing.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the larger version of the poster and image released yesterday, plus two new images. The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Fares Fares, Robert Patrick, Nora Arnezeder, Liam Cunningham, Joel Kinnaman, and Ruben Blades. Safe House opens February 10, 2012.
The cast for the international action comedy Sleight of Hand was announced to stay. Poised to star are Keifer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Thomas Jane, Jon Lovitz, Johnny Hallyday, Til Schweiger and Eric Cantona, as well as French actors Jean Luc Couchard, Nora Arnezeder and Patrice Cols. The plot is described thusly:
“The international cast plays a crew of small time crooks in Paris, who inadvertently end up possessing a rare gold coin belonging to a notorious French gangster. The leader of the crew calls his uncle (Depardieu), a retired criminal, to help them raise the money to repay the gangster. The series of mix-ups and double crosses culminate as the gangs are pit face to face, chasing through Paris.”
Brad Mirman (Shadows in the Sun) is directing, with filming set to get underway at the end of July. Hannibal Classics will be selling the film this week at Cannes. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
French actress Nora Arnezeder (Paris 36) is in talks to play Ryan Reynolds’ love interest in Safe House, which also stars Denzel Washington and Tim McGraw. Reynolds plays a CIA agent who must transport a dangerous criminal (Washington) to safety. David Guggenheim’s script landed on the 2010 Black List (a collection of Hollywood’s finest unproduced screenplays), but Terry George (Reservation Road) is currently working on a rewrite. Daniel Espinoza (Snabba Cash) will direct.
This is where the news gets a little more dubious. Latino Review hears that the producers want to approach Jeff Bridges to play Deputy Vice Director Harland Whitford. It’s worded carefully enough to be rendered virtually meaningless. I mean, I want to approach Jeff Bridges to play Executive Comptroller Basil Kasinski in my movie, but it’s a long shot. Still, the producers of Safe House have more sway than I do, and Bridges would obviously be a fantastic addition to an already great cast.
Arnezeder is apparently becoming quite famous in her native France after an award-winning turn in Paris 36, which showed off her lovely singing voice. Hit the jump to watch Arnezeder record a cover of “Singin’ in the Rain” in studio.