Jerry O’Connell has gone from living with cockroaches to fighting off fish, as he’s just signed on to Piranha 3-D according to Entertainment Weekly. The reboot/sequel/whatever to the Roger Corman classic starts shooting next Monday.
The film’s being directed by Alexandre Aja, probably the most overhyped horror director in the last few years, with the possible exception of Adam Green. Seriously- Aja hasn’t made more than a passable movie yet and you’re fooling yourself if you think otherwise.
In any case, O’Connell joins a really decent cast comprised of Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, and Dina Meyer. They play a bunch of tourists who are set upon by crazed piranhas, and rather than, I don’t know, staying out of the water, they keep going back. IN 3-D!
A new type of terror is about to be cut lose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater terror sets free scores of prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers, including hot local cop Julie Forester, must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But out heroine is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.
With a cast like that, you’ve got good betting odds that O’Connell won’t make it out with his flesh intact. Piranha 3-D hits theaters March 19, 2010.