In the action movie Rogue (out on demand Aug. 28), Megan Fox plays a mercenary named Samantha O’Hara who battles ruthless kidnappers and an equally dangerous lion after a rescue mission in Africa goes awry.
“Rogue is the story of a small mercenary unit of soldiers who have been engaged by the governor of an African country to rescue his daughter who has been kidnapped by an Al-Shabaab-type organization,” says the film’s director and co-writer M.J. Bassett. “This unit go in, there’s more than one girl so their plan is immediately compromised, and their extraction goes wrong. So, suddenly they find themselves on the run from the bad guys, looking for refuge in Africa, and come across an abandoned farm, or they think it’s abandoned. While they’re hunkering down they realize that the farm was used as a poachers’ stronghold and a breeding place for lions for the hunting industry and the East Asian medicinal market. And though the lions seem to have escaped, there’s clearly one still around. So, suddenly they realize they have no ammunition and they are very much the bottom of the food chain, and they have to survive the night before the bad guys arrive, the lion gets them, and the extraction can happen.”
When Bassett first wrote the script with her daughter and Rogue cast member Isabel the filmmaker had no thought that the movie would star someone as well known as Fox.
“It was supposed to be a really small picture, that’s the thing,” says Bassett, whose directing credits include the 2009 fantasy film Solomon Kane and the TV shows Strike Back and Ash vs Evil Dead. “The script turned out better than anybody expected and my financiers were like, ‘We should try to go out to somebody, this is a great part for a woman.’ Megan was on the list. I was like, ‘Well, we’re never going to get Megan Fox, that’s ridiculous. It’s a little movie.’ I was like, ‘We can’t wait for the big movie star to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ give it the weekend and we can just move on with our lives.’ She read it and said ‘Yes’ the next day, which never happens ever.”
Rogue costars Jessica Sutton, Calli Taylor, Brandon Auret, Adam Deacon, and Sisanda Henna. The movie is released on demand and digital Aug. 28 and on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 1.
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