They did Speed on a bus…they did Speed on a boat, and now there will be Speed at a Piano. Wait, what?! Elijah Wood has been cast in the indie thriller written by Damien Chazelle and directed by Eugenio Mira. The story takes place after a once great pianist suffers from stage fright and takes a 5 year hiatus from performing. At his first concert back, he notices a threatening note on his music sheet and then is forced to continue to play the "best concert of his life" in order to save his life as well as his wife's. Speed was a great action film, with an awesomely original premise at the time, but even though they were confined to a bus, they still had places to go, things to see and conflict that could arise. I am fascinated how they are going to do all of this with a character sitting at a piano. However, I have to say, we ask for new and original movies and not just re-makes and sequels and here we go. A film in which we have no idea what to expect, and I doubt that the extremely busy Elijah Wood would do anything that didn't have great potential. It is also produced by many of the people involved with Ryan Reynold's film Buried, so if they can do it underground, perhaps they can do it on a piano. Personally, I am excited to see how this turns out and can't wait to see the trailer…or anything about it for that matter!
In other casting news, Michelle Rodriguez has officially signed on for Fast and Furious 6. Will this franchise ever end? Bringing back Rodriguez (who is an even bigger star than she was when she started the films) , Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the addition of Gina Carano (the MMA star who first appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire) I think the answer to my question is, no, this probably will not be ending anytime soon. Maybe when it is "Fast and the Furious 60: Wheelchair Wars."
Rodriguez has also committed to reprising her role in Machete Kills, the sequel to Robert Rodriguez's (no relation) grindhouse film. Machete Kills begins filming this month before production starts on Sin City 2. And, in other wild grindhouse news…it is reported that the rumors that Mel Gibson is set to also star in the sequel are true and he is confirmed to play "a cunning arms dealer and death merchant who aims to spread war across the planet by launching a missile". Maybe this is the film that Mel Gibson needs to get back on the "cool-meter" after all of his previous PR, um, shall, we say blunders. I know that it is at least a movie I will see him in, so maybe we will be remind us all why we loved him in the first place? I mean, Riggs has got to still live in side of him somewhere, right?