Joffe captivates ‘Wax’ femme

Cuthbert bound for thriller

“House of Wax” star Elisha Cuthbert will star in “Captivity,” a Roland Joffe-directed thriller. Pic is set in Manhattan but will be shot in Moscow in late May.

Pic kicks off a four-film co-production arrangement between Mark Damon and Ramco Films, whose Leonid Minkovski and Sergei Konov will produce “Captivity” with Damon and Gary Mehlman.

“House of Wax” star Elisha Cuth-bert will star in “Captivity,” a Roland Joffe-directed thriller. Pic is set in Manhattan but will be shot in Moscow in late May.

Pic kicks off a four-film co-production arrangement between Mark Damon and Ramco Films, whose Leonid Minkovski and Sergei Konov will produce “Captivity” with Damon and Gary Mehlman.

Cuthbert, who graduated from the TV series “24” to feature “The Girl Next Door” and the current “House of Wax,” will play a fashion model who, along with a chauffeur, gets kidnapped and held in a small room by a serial killer. While the psycho methodically terrorizes them, the victims draw strength from each other and fall in love.

Damon, who last produced “The Upside of Anger” and “Monster,” said the film will be the first true Russian-American co-production. It will lense at Moscow-based Mosfilm Studios for a fraction of what it would have cost to film in another European city or U.S. location.

Script was written by Larry Cohen, who penned the claustrophobic thrillers “Phone Booth” and “Cellular.” Damon said a film dominated by interiors was an ideal first film.

Pic is the culmination of two years’ work by Ramco’s Minkovski and Konov to draw productions to Russia, where, Minkovski said, “We can show our potential as a location and the deep pool of talent here.”

Damon said the challenge was drawing a Hollywood cast willing to spend months far from home.

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