We give a lot of credit to Matthew McConaughey for turning his career around, but shouldn't we be heaping the same praise on Elijah Wood? Frodo has reinvented himself by tackling a string of dark genre films, most recently in the bloody Maniac remake. He's been on board to star in and produce Cooties, another film in the horror realm, albeit it with a dash of comedy thrown in, and as production begins he's firmed up the cast most impressively.
Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jack McBrayer, and Nasim Pedrad (SNL) are all starring alongside Wood and co-writer Leigh Whannell. Whannell, best known for helping to create the Saw and Insidious franchises alongside James Wan, has co-written the script with Ian Brennan. Making their feature directing debut are Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, and here's the plot breakdown:
A cautionary tale of a school lunch program gone horribly wrong, Cooties tells the story of a young girl who eats a chicken nugget infected with a virulent disease. She begins to transform into a violent, murderous flesh-ripping juvenile who transmits the disease, which only affects the pre-pubescent. As it quickly spreads, the teachers find themselves trapped in the school, faced with a horde of rampaging adolescents, and must come up with an immediate lesson plan to save their very lives.
Wood will portray Clint Hadson, a substitute teacher who must deal with a little more than the usual classroom hijinks. Alison Pill is Lucy, an eternally optimistic 4th grade teacher and Clint’s childhood crush. Wilson portrays Wade, a former high school all-star athlete whose dashed dreams have landed him the position of PE teacher.
Frankly, I'm just happy to see more of Pill outside of HBO's The Newsroom. I've liked her in pretty much everything, from Pieces of April to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and can't wait to see her in Snowpiercer. Filming begins tomorrow, so hopefully we'll see this on the horror festival circuit soon.