C.R.A.Z.Y. star Marc-Andre Grondin is before the camera as the lead of Eric Tessier's psychological thriller, 5150 Rues Des Ormes (5150 Elm's Way), for Montreal-based Cirrus Communications.

The film is produced by Cirrus principal Pierre Even, who produced the 2005 Quebecois smash - it grossed C$6m and was released in 85 countries.

The screenplay was written by Quebecois author Patrick Senecal and Tessier based on Senecal's best-selling novel. Tessier's other credits include Sophie and Evil World. It shoots in Montreal until December 10. Josee Vallee and Richard Speer of Cirrus are executive producers.

Grondin plays Yannick, a young man whose life takes a nerve-shattering twist after a fall from his bicycle. Knocking on the door of a home at the secluded end of Elm's Way, Yannick unwittingly becomes a literal pawn on the board of a demented chess master. Featured players include Normand d'Amour as the psychopath, Sonia Vachon as his wife and Mylène St-Sauveur and Élodie Larivière as his daughters.

Even told Screen International that he has been waiting for an opportunity to work with Grondin. Even recently sold remake rights to another Cirrus production, the street-racing action film Nitro, to Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures. Francois Dutil is the director of photography while Alain Baril is the editor.

Backers include Telefilm Canada, Sodec, and the tax credit programs of the governments of Canada and Quebec. The film will be distributed in Canada by Alliance Vivafilm in the autumn of 2009.