The post-LOTR career of Elijah Wood — a period that’s now over eight years old, if you can believe it — has, for the star of such a massive franchise, been pretty low-key. If anything, he’s taken big parts in small films (Everything is Illuminated, Green Street Hooligans, Celeste and Jesse Forever), while, at the same time, taken big films (Eternal Sunshine, Sin City) that gave him small parts.
Now, he may have found something of a middle-ground. According to THR, Wood will take the lead role in Grand Piano, an independent thriller scribed by Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) and directed by Eugenio Mira. The film centers on 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 the sheet music. 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.” Although comparisons to Speed are already popping up, it’s none too surprising that Rodrigo Cortés is reuniting with Adrián Guerra, his producing partner on Buried.
From what I can gather about Grand Piano, this and Buried seem to emphasize both the importance of small spaces and the process of focusing on one actor for most of the action. (Though the mention of a wife — and some Chicago shooting — lets us know there’s probably a bigger scope at play here. More emotional connection could, hopefully, also follow.) It’s clearly a film we need a bigger grasp on before judging, but the basic gist of Grand Piano sounds like a fun thriller — and it stars an actor everybody likes, too.
Shooting will begin at the end of this summer.
Does this first round of information leave you keen on the project?
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