Following a successful theatrical run, Sony Pictures’ Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter is coming to VOD August 15.
The Neil Johnson directed film, described as a mix of “Mad Max” and “Star Wars”, is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds. Tracey Birdsall plays Sienna, a resourceful rebel on a quest to take down the evil empire of robots.
Starring alongside Birdsall are William Kircher (‘The Hobbit’’), Daz Crawford (‘’Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’’), Stephen Manley (‘’Star Trek III’’), and Marilyn Ghiggliotti (‘’Clerks’’)
A few decades from now… Sienna, a rebellious robot-fighting arms dealer, lives on a post-apocalyptic Earth. When the cities start to fall under the control of the A.I. Scourge, a hyper-weaponized robot army, Sienna decides to leave the Earth and journey to the centre of the galaxy, seeking a mythical weapon that can neutralize any form of A.I.
Pursued by giant machines, Sienna loses everything she cares about in an effort to save the last vestiges of humanity in an A.I. controlled galaxy.
ROGUE WARRIOR : ROBOT FIGHTER available August 15 on VOD. Here’s our exclusive interview with the star of the film the lovely Tracey Birdsall (Who’s Jenna). Without further ado here it
- Thanks for allowing me to interview you, Tracey!
Well, thank you for having me! Can’t be too much of a FilmSnob 😉
- First I’d like to say that the film looks really fun. Was it a fun to work on?
It was an absolute blast most of the time, except for when it was the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life… it was really all encompassing.
- When crafting a film like this how did you get ready to kick ass?
I think it’s the level of commitment and not questioning the character or the material – ever. When I hear the word “rolling” on set, I just am the character and all the adrenaline is pretty automatic. I’m sure it benefitted me that I grew up doing sports and am a gym fanatic… you get really good at “turning off the brain and just doing it.”
- There’s a lot of action here what percentage of the stunts were you? Your stunt double?
That… was all… me… The role was brutal on my mind, body, and soul. Although the director suggested prior to filming that I might want to consider it, I grew up a tomboy and was up to the challenge. I didn’t realize how hard the director (Neil Johnson) was going to push me (extremes), but I didn’t want to be that girl that got all the accolades but didn’t do all the work… that’s really not my style. I paid the price for that stubbornness though! It’s all worth it in the end.
- Whenever we get the pleasure of interviewing an artist about their art we often like to start by asking them about what inspires. So I’ll ask what (or who) inspires you?
It’s funny because I think about that a lot! Although I’m inspired by brilliant acting performances, I’m mostly inspired by human beings – all of them. I love to watch people and wonder what it’s like to be them… all different types of people inspire me. So I guess you can say humanity and my love to take on aspects of all different people to create my characters. Every human being is valid, worthwhile, and inspiring no matter what their plight.
- What sort of films do you enjoy (no need to be specific) and if you want to go into what film means to you?
I adore film. I love films that mix and crossover genres, which is why there’s so much of a character journey in Rogue Warrior. Science Fiction is by far my favorite due to the stretching of the imagination and mind, along with huge action films. I love comedy, but usually raunchier (and British) comedy is my favorite. Then there are the old classic silent films which I used to immerse myself in… the joy in those is the subtlety of the expressions – again studying human nature. A film, to me, is an immortalization of the human condition of the past, the current, and the future – it’s truly amazing. I feel a responsibility to my roles due to this perspective – it’s never just a job or an opportunity. I’m contributing to the immortalization of humanity. #Amazing
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could only watch two films what would they be, and why?
Oh, come on! I would have brought a bigger suitcase than that! Seriously, I would prefer to have every episode and every season of Doctor Who, which I could re-watch into oblivion! If I had to choose films, I would watch The Revenant (I just love Leo’s performance in that and have watched it over and over), and maybe Logan’s Run – for nostalgia’s sake.
- What’s next for you?
We’ve been filming (both before and after Rogue Warrior) The Time War – an epic-beyond-belief time travel film. We’re still doing additional shots for it to this day, and you can expect it to come out at the first part of 2018.
- Please tell people where they can find this wonderful film? Also, where can they reach out to you (social media)?
After theaters, it’s been exclusively sold through WalMart for 60 days. As of next week, it will be available everywhere. I’ve noticed it already listed for release on August 15, 2017, on iTunes, Amazon, etc. (And thank you for your kind words!)