Adrien Brody signs on to Shyamalan chiller. The ''Pianist'' Oscar winner will join Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix, and William Hurt in ''The Woods''

By Gary Susman
Updated July 16, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

”The Pianist” star Adrien Brody has scared up his first role in a big-studio movie since winning the Best Actor Oscar in March. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s joined the cast of ”The Woods,” the latest chiller from ”Signs” writer-director M. Night Shyamalan. Set in 1897, it’s a story about a village surrounded by a forest filled with scary creatures.

Brody is only the latest high-profile addition to the film’s burgeoning cast. A few days ago, Shyamalan added Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt to the mix; it’ll be their first film together since they co-starred in 1981’s ”Eyewitness.” The story also apparently includes a young couple, for which Disney initially sought Ashton Kutcher and Kirsten Dunst, but both have moved on to Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy ”Elizabethtown.” Instead, the studio landed ”Signs”’ Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Ron Howard), making her screen debut.

”Woods” shoots in October, about the same time as Brody’s next screen appearance. He’s costarring in ”The Singing Detective,” featuring Robert Downey, Jr., which opens Oct. 24.

The Village

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 107 minutes
  • M. Night Shyamalan