Quintet moves into 'Cabin'

Whedon-Goddard horror pic boosts cast, shifts bow back to February

Hey, kids: Don't forget the chocolate and marshmallows to make s'mores. Camp counselors Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have recruited Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams for their fun little jaunt out to "The Cabin in the Woods." The United Artists horror film already had bagged Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") and Bradley Whitford ("Bottle Shock").

The genre-tweaking screenplay was written by Whedon, who is producing, and Goddard, who is directing. The plot and character descriptions have been withheld by the filmmakers and the studio.

"Finding this ensemble has been very hard and very rewarding," Whedon said. "Each of the 'kids' is unique, fascinating and talented, and like true friends, the group is more than the sum of its parts. These are people you care about, able to go toe to toe with the amazing actors we've corralled thus far, and not unpretty in the bargain. I can't wait to harm them."

The film already is shooting, though its release date has been pushed back from Oct. 23 to Feb. 5. Presumably, this is to plant a flag in the date-night terrain of Valentine's Day and avoid competing with a potential "Saw VI" release before Halloween.

MGM will distribute.

Connolly ("Revolutionary Road") is repped by Paradigm, Hemsworth ("Star Trek") is repped by IFA and ROAR, Hutchison ("Underbelly") is repped by Marquee Management, Kranz ("The Village") is repped by Endeavor and the Hofflund Co., and Williams ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2") is repped by Endeavor and Impression Entertainment.

UA most recently released the Tom Cruise thriller "Valkyrie," which has accumulated $181.9 million worldwide. (partialdiff)