Millennium Red Sonja The film has found its leading actor in Hannah John-Kamen. John-Kamen is known for playing the villain Ava Starr in Ant-Man and the Wasp, along with her lead role in the Peacock series Brave New World. She will next wield the sword as Red Sonja in the upcoming live-action film. Joel Soloway is directing from a script written with Tasha Huo, the writer and showrunner of Netflix’s upcoming Tomb Raider series.
“Hannah is a very talented actress who we’ve followed for years and she’s Red Sonja,” Soloway told The Hollywood Reporter. “Her reach, sensitivity, and strength are all traits we’ve been looking for and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey together.”
When Soloway bought the project on the European film market earlier this year, he had also said: “There couldn’t be a bigger moment in our world for Red Sonja’s exercise of power and her connection with nature and our planet. [she’s] an old heroine with an epic calling. “
Mark Canton (300) and Courtney Solomon (After) produce Red Sonja for Millennium together with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman from Campbell Grobman Films. Andrea Sperling from Topple and Yariv Lerner from Millennium, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Les Weldon, Joe Gatta and Tanner Mobley will also serve as producers. Executive producers are Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Trevor Short from Millennium and Luke Lieberman on behalf of Red Sonja, LLC, Nick Barucci from Dynamite Entertainment and Dorothy Canton.
On the big screen Hannah John-Kamen has roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tomb Raider, and Ready Player One, in addition to her role in Ant-Man and the Wasp. She was also cast to play fan-favorite character Jill Valentine in Sony’s new video game reboot film Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, which will be released on November 24th. John-Kamen has also been in Killjoys, Black Mirror, The Stranger, and Game of Thrones.
Red Sonja was previously made into a live action film by Richard Fleischer. The 1985 film played Brigitte Nielsen in the lead role with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Lord Kalidor. The film underperformed drastically when it was released, but in the years since then it has grown into a cult following. Fans of Red Sonja have wanted a new adaptation for years, and while various iterations were in development, there haven’t been any more since the 1985 version.
At one point, X-Men aide Bryan Singer was involved in directing Red Sonja for Millennium. The project was shut down on allegations of sexual abuse against Singer, and Joey Soloway signed shortly after to write, direct, and produce the film with a new creative vision. Tasha Huo was later hired to write the script, although Jill Soloway stayed on board as director. Now that the movie has its lead, we’re closer than we have been in more than three decades to getting a new Red Sonja movie.
A release date for the new Red Sonja has not been officially set by Millennium. That news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
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