Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Jamie Foxx To Play Mike Tyson
In a biopic written by Terence Winter
Luke Wilson Heads For Meadowland
Joining Olivia Wilde
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 June 2014
James Wan Developing Malignant Man
He's adapting his graphic novel for Fox
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Conjuring (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Insidious (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Sanctum 3D (2011)
Empire Star Rating
The Losers (2010)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Leigh Whannell Plans Home Invasion
In Sean Carter's debut feature

20 November 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Leigh Whannell

We don't yet know whether Leigh Whannel is writing himself a third outing as Specs in Insidious: Chapter 3, but there's news this morning that he's scored himself an acting gig in someone else's project. He'll be joining the home invasion thriller Home Invasion (see what they did there?), showing up to cause trouble for Chandler Riggs, Bella Thorne, Ioan Gruffud and Natalie Martinez.

Seemingly along the usual Funny Games lines (but presumably without Haneke's finger-wagging agenda), Home Invasion sees a group of intruders imprisoning the Gruffud clan and putting them through "a life-and-death game with mysterious rules that become clear as the night unfolds". Whether Whannell is one of the invaders is slightly unclear: he's described as a "mysterious guest" who arrives at the house at some point in the procedings.

As we said, Whannell wrote himself the role of Specs in the Insidious films, and played Adam in the first Saw, which was also one of his scripts (he penned Saws 1-3 and exec-produced the rest). As an actor in films with which he wasn't otherwise involved, he's shown up in his pal James Wan's Death Sentence, Jody Dwyer's Dying Breed and Malik Bader's Crush. Pre-Saw, he had a small role in The Matrix Reloaded.  

Home Invasion is the work of screenwriter Joseph Dembner and director Sean Carter. The Hollywood Reporter describes Carter as a commercials director, but he also has a background editing DVD documentaries (on the prestigious likes of Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood), and was assistant to Jonathan Liebesman on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. So it's his first feature, but he's been around.

For this one he's secured the patronage of Joel Silver and Silver Pictures, and the film is currently in pre-production for a projected release next year.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Trailer And Poster For Devil's Knot Arrive
Atom Egoyan tackles the West Memphis Three
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

GOOGLEJOBS4U
My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,,,,,,,Rush64.COM More

Posted by Mety1955 at 19:38 on 20 November 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Everything You Need To Know About The Dragonriders Of Pern
The lowdown on Warner Bros. new fantasy sci-fi

A Pocket Guide To Game Of Thrones’ New Cast Members
Know your Doran Martell from your Nym Sand

Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here
Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

Directors Special: Peter Hyams Goes Film-By-Film
The veteran director on Timecop, Outland, 2010, Enemies Closer and more

Explore The Massive Avengers: Age Of Ultron Comic-Con Banner
Use our interactive gadget to zoom in on Hulk, Iron Man, The Vision and co. in action

The 10 Biggest Stories Of Comic-Con 2014
The shocks to emerge from this year's geek-fest. Avengers! Max! Mann!

Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)