Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky surprised the world and made his fatherland proud when he took home the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2007. Ruzowitzky’s film The Counterfeiters wowed voters with its tricky meditations on morality, telling the tale of a Jewish prisoner forced to assist the Nazis in a secret scheme to destabilize Britain’s economy by flooding the market with counterfeit money. As prophetically noted by a pre-The Reader Kate Winslet, Holocaust stuff plays like gangbusters come awards season, but The Counterfeiters is a finely wrought piece of work in and of itself. That was 2007. Ruzowitsky’s upcoming thriller Patient Zero sounds like it will be… different.
The action flick (not to be confused with the Chris Klimek-described “Jaws of cunnilingus” Cabin Fever: Patient Zero) takes place in a not-too-distant future where a superstrain of rabies has engulfed the globe and transformed those afflicted into ultraviolent shadows of their former selves. One human survivor (Doctor Who’s Matt Smith) with a mysterious immunity to the disease goes on a journey to hunt down the fabled Patient Zero, who may be able to provide his ailing wife (Natalie Dormer of HBO’s Game of Thrones) with a cure.
A report from Deadline today brings a new development with this project still in pre-production: Stanley Tucci has now joined the cast in the “deliciously evil” role of a “professor who becomes infected, and highly violent. He becomes determined to crash the lab that’s working on a cure and thwart the search for Patient Zero.” At the risk of editorializing, I very much look forward to seeing this man play some sort of homicidal viral zombie. That shit sounds rad as hell.