The premise of Grand Piano is so silly and so high-concept that, in all actuality, I could see it working like a charm. The movie will cast Elijah Wood as a piano player who, after spending five years on a professional leave of absence, comes back to perform a concert, but finds a “threatening note” scribed on his sheet music. And, seeing as this is a thriller, said note leaves him “forced to play his best concert ever to save his life as well as his wife’s.”
I think it sounds like a load of fun; John Cusack might even be on the same page, as Variety reports that director Eugenio Mira has brought him into talks, presumably to play the man tormenting Wood‘s character into putting on a good show. (But don’t take my word for it.) It’s kind of what I’m hoping for, too, since it’d both be interesting to see Cusack take a villainous turn — something he hasn’t done since… well, I cant remember — and the casting would create an unusual dynamic between hero and antagonist.
Should he get signed, we can expect the both of them to go in front of cameras by July; shooting is taking place in both Spain and Chicago. Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) will produce with Adrián Guerra through their Nostromo Pictures.
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