Joss Whedon has cast the first two actors for his mysterious new project that will be directed by “Cloverfield’s” Drew Goddard, called “The Cabin in the Woods” — Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. Those are two pretty old dudes for a movie that everyone expected to be about your average irreverent Whedonesque teenagers trapped in a dark cabin in some forbidden woods and forced to quip pop culture references in order to survive against the monstrosities outside. Maybe not so much anymore with the casting of Jenkins and Whitford. Could this Whedon-written and produced movie actually be a male-bonding drama? Say it ain’t so, Joss!
Much like “Cloverfield,” which Goddard scripted, the “Cabin” story line provides a new twist on a classic scenario — in this case the young-people-stranded-in-the-woods horror trope.
“It’s really just your basic typecasting: When you need two actors to run through the woods in low-cut nighties, you immediately think of Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford,” Goddard joked.
Whedon said the casting signals what kind of movie they are hoping to make. “They’re the first proof that though ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is a classic horror film, it isn’t one you’ve seen before.”
While the studio and filmmakers were loath to provide character details, it is understood that Jenkins and Whitford will play white-collar co-workers with a mysterious connection to the cabin.
“White-collar co-workers with a mysterious connection to the cabin”. Hmm, maybe they’ll be serial killers who uses the cabin to stalk their latest nubile young women victims, who runs around the woods half-naked? Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but let’s hope Joss Whedon is still too cool to be writing movies about middle aged men and their problems. Unless, of course, those “problems” involve chasing those aforementioned nubile young women through the woods.
Below: Talk about rosy cheeks.