By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim
Although she first made her bones as a pop singer, I think Mandy Moore was always best suited in the acting game. Sure, she's not an Academy Award winner, but in nearly every role throughout her career she's been solid. I thought she was excellent playing herself on the second season of "Entourage," in the emotional drama "A Walk to Remember" as well as in the comedy "Licensed to Wed," even though the film wasn't all that great overall.
Moore recently voiced the main character of Rapunzel in the animated film "Tangled" and has now signed on for a live-action project. According to Variety, Moore and Rodrigo Santoro have joined the cast of the supernatural drama "Falling Slowly."
"Buried" writer Chris Sparling makes his directorial debut on the film, which follows the story of a couple whose apartment is haunted by a dark presence. Julie Snyder will produce the project.
While the plot description is sparse right now, the reason I think this project has some potential is because of the involvement of Chris Sparling. Sparling took one of the most bare bones ideas and turned it into quite the fantastic film with last year's "Buried," which starred Ryan Reynolds. In that movie, the entire film takes place inside a wooden coffin after Reynolds finds himself buried alive with only a lighter, flask, flashlight, knife, glowsticks and a mobile phone to help him escape before the oxygen in the coffin runs out.
Depending on what Sparling decides to do here, this film could take a tried and true story of a couple with a "spooky, haunted" apartment and make something great out of it. Moore also should be able to show off her range in this film, as it obviously isn’t much of a comedy.
Dates haven’t been set yet, but the film should start production later this year.