Celebrated Canadian Actress Takes Featured Role in Sci-Fi Thriller from Special Effects Master Neil Johnson
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Lara Taillon, one of Canada’s premiere film, television and theatre
actresses, has taken a featured role in “STARSHIP: Rising,” an upcoming
feature film from director Neil Johnson.
Taillon will play the character, Star One Pilot, in the film, which is
eyeing a May 2013 release at the Cannes Film Festival.
The story follows a corrupt planetary federation who is building a
secret weapon of destruction that could forever threaten the galaxy.
“It’s like Game of Thrones in space,” says Taillon. “I think that the
audience can look forward to seeing some world-class special effects
and non-stop action because anything from Neil Johnson is epic and
awesome. He’s fiercely focused and he just brings it to life.”
Katharine McEwan stars as Terina. “The Twilight Zone” writer Marc Scott
Zicree will appear in a cameo role. Johnson also appears in a cameo,
acting in a climatic battle scene alongside Taillon.
“Lara brings an incredible energy to set,” Johnson said. “Her look on
screen and her focus is something I seek in all my actors. It’s rare to
find an actor that not only fits in with the aesthetics of my films,
but one that also brings realness and intensity on screen.”
Taillon, of Calgary, is known for acting on the hit CTV series “Corner
Gas.” She acted in Terry Gilliam’s 2005 drama fantasy “Tideland” which
starred Jennifer Tilly, Jeff Bridges and Jodelle Ferland.
Taillon also acted in the Magnolia Independent Film Festival winner
“Yesterday” directed by Rob Grant, and in the Directors Guild of Canada
and Genie Awards winning war epic “Passchendaele.”
Known as a special effects pioneer who innovated sci-fi filmmaking,
Johnson has directed and written more than 20 films over the last 20
years, including “Humanity’s End,” “The Demons in my Head,” “Alien
Armageddon,” “To Become One” and “Battlespace.” The UK native has
directed more than 500 music videos for bands such as U2, Manowar and
Rhapsody of Fire.
The Fifth Street Cinema Review named Johnson Filmmaker of the Decade for
2000-2009. In 2012, Johnson earned the Hampton’s Prize Award for his
achievements in digital filmmaking.
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