Luc Besson’s new sci-fi thriller, Lockout, is a fun and exciting ride set in the not too distant future. Maggie Grace plays first daughter Emilie Warnock who is leading a humanitarian mission to MS One, an experimental prison in space. When a violent intergalactic mutiny unexpectedly sets loose 500 of Earth’s most dangerous psychotic criminals, President Warnock sends in the falsely convicted Agent Snow (Guy Pearce) to rescue her in exchange for his freedom. Living up to his irreverent reputation, Snow pushes all of Emilie’s buttons, but Emilie proves she can give as good as she gets and together they make a formidable team.
At the press day for Lockout, we sat down with Grace at a roundtable interview to talk about what attracted her to the role of Emilie. She told us why she loves her action films served up with humor and how she enjoyed taking on the physically demanding role that involved sophisticated action scenes and a combination of stunts, combats and wire-work. She discussed her training with stunt coordinatorPatrick Cauderlier, her fun relationship on set with Pearce and their collaboration on the film’sCasablanca-inspired final scene, and why running in spacesuits presented some unusual challenges. Grace also talked about her upcoming projects: Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2, Taken 2 and Decoding Annie Parker, plus why she’d like to do a romantic comedy.
What are you working on next?
GRACE: I have Twilight and Taken 2, which we just finished a few weeks ago. I’m excited about those. And a little indie called Decoding Annie Parker. I’m excited to be shooting in LA soon. It will be a nice change.
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