Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
Brian White‘s filmography is spattered with rather aggressive sounding titles from Stomp the Yard to the upcoming Fighting and 12 Rounds. Cooling things down a little are the relatively sedate sounding handles for his two next projects – Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods.
The Hollywood Reporter, in Hollywood reporting this news, say of Do Bad that White will play the love interest for Taraji P. Henson; and of Cabin that “almost nothing is known but its release date” and add that White’s character is called Truman. Now… I know a thing or two about Cabin, including plenty about this Truman fellow…
…but I can hardly get into heavy spoilerage here, can I? Let me just say that as Truman, White shares his scenes (at least for the great majority of the film) with the previously cast Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, rather than the lambs to the slaughter played by Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams.
I think its also fair to say that Truman’s final moment in the film will be fairly memorable. And no, that isn’t actually a spoiler because, for all you know, it might be the last shot of the film… or even come after the credits…
There is some great semi-conscious collusion going on around the web, I suspect, in which people are pretending that the premise of Cabin in the Woods is somewhat more secret than it actually is. Who selected this film in particular to be shrouded in mystery I don’t know – nor why. By the time the marketing is being rolled out they’ll simply have to give the game away. I mean – try making a trailer for The Godfather that pretends there aren’t any gangsters in the film. That’s how clear this film’s premise from page one.
I put a few choice terms into Google and managed to find at least two script reviews of Cabin in the Woods that give away far, far more than /Film has even hinted at. Strange that everybody pretends the film is all a big mystery, then. Perhaps people aren’t interested enough to go digging and pretty much need news of this film dropped on their laps to even bother caring? I don’t buy that.
Oh… and, as a Whedonesque by the by, I absolutely loved Dollhouse on Friday and can’t wait for the next episode. If you’re skipping it, I strongly advise you to get to iTunes and start catching up now. Undeservedly low ratings shouldn’t be allowed to claim another undeserving casualty from the Whedon stable.