A week or so ago, it was announced that Canadian star Ryan Reynolds would be starring in an independent film titled Buried which follows a civilian contractor who awakens buried in a coffin in the middle of the desert after being kidnapped in Iraq.
Pretty intriguing, right?
As a few more details become available for the ambitious project, we now know that the entire film will be just Ryan Reynolds in this uncomfortable wooden box… that’s it… just him and his coffin.
Reynolds revealed the following in a Australian television interview:
“‘Buried’ is the story about a guy who’s buried (laughs). It’s the only movie I’ve ever heard of with only one person in it. So it’s just me, I’m the only person in the whole movie so, I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s either going to be, you know, the greatest, most experimental cool movie ever made or god knows what”
He’s honest and he’s right.
But most importantly, he’s testing his acting ability here, pushing past the traditional comedy routine or action role. There will be no crazy studio sets or green-screening, it’s just Reynolds in the box capturing the attention and emotions of the audience all by his captive and claustrophobic self.
It’s not all that bad though, Reynolds’ character will sport a cell phone, a candle and even a knife.
Much like the recent announcement that his other upcoming project, Deadpool, will have his character break the fourth wall, this is a risky idea and I like it.
The indie film will be directed by Rodrigo Cortés and the screenplay was written by Chris Sparling. Filming will take place entirely in Cortés’ home country of Spain and the film will be released some time next year.
This film’s quality will come down to two things: Reynolds’ acting and how good the story telling is. The good news is Reynolds is incredible on screen and never lets me down and apparently, the script is also pretty stellar – at least, according to the folks at ScriptShadow who had nothing but praise for the screenplay. You can head on over there if you want to read more details about the project and its potential.
This is something I’m looking forward to see and I’m excited to see Reynolds again making a flick for the passion of making it.
Does this film interest you and how do you feel about Reynolds taking on this role?