July 15, 2003 01:00 AM

“The Pianist” Oscar winner Adrien Brody, 30, has joined the all-star cast of director M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming thriller “The Woods,” joining Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The period picture, set in 1897, is said to revolve around a close-knit community that is surrounded by woods inhabited by a mythical race of creatures. It’s a safe bet that this does not lead to sound sleeping at night.

Meanwhile, in other movie news, British director Stephen Frears is lamenting the fact that “Monkeyface,” a Miami-based thriller to have starred Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, will not come to be, reports Reuters. Shooting was scheduled to have begun later this year,

“It collapsed on Friday,” Frears (“High Fidelity”), 62, told the news service.

“Whatever the deal was to get Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, they couldn’t get it to work,” he added. “Everybody wanted to make it but somehow they couldn’t lock it into place.”

Representatives of Zeta-Jones and Douglas were not immediately available for comment.

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