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January 21, 2009 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | January 21, 2009 |

Joss Whedon knows how to keep himself busy. In addition to the upcoming Fox drama “Dollhouse” (premiering in February, set for cancellation in May) and overseeing a few comic books, he’s also working on a pair of features, The Cabin in the Woods and Goners. But the news this morning is that there’s finally been some casting developments for The Cabin in the Woods: Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford are set to star in the horror/thriller co-written by Whedon and Drew Goddard. Goddard is also directing, and I think that bodes well for the film. He wrote for Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” and “Alias,” and he’s currently a writer and producer on “Lost,” so he’s definitely got the chops for pop thrillers. And Whedon has brutally killed things he loves, so there’s no telling what kind of dramatic ends he can dream up for characters whose sole purpose is to die in the woods in or near a haunted cabin.

There aren’t a lot of plot details yet, or anything resembling complete character descriptions for Whitford or Jenkins, but the film is supposed to take the classic set-up of young people stranded in the woods and give it some kind of new or authentic or interesting twist. The MGM/UA movie is set for a spring shoot and a tentative release in February 2010.

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