A couple weeks back I got the chance to visit the set of the new Gerard Butler video game sci-fi action movie codenamed Game (it will have a different title when it hits theaters). I saw some very cool things (watch out for my report later this week) but photography was not allowed. A few days prior (and a few days after), the crew shot some battle sequences in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a few photographers were able to catch a few of the explosions and destroyed cars (but no Gerry). Check out some of the spoiler free photos after the jump thanks to Sarah Wolf, Adam Wolf and oldnatural.
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Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (Fred Claus, Crash, 2 Fast 2 Furious) has joined the cast of Lionsgate/Lakeshore’s upcoming Gerard Butler sci-fi action thriller which is currently being filmed under the title of Game.
The film, written and directed by Crank helmers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, takes place in the near future where nano technology has been developed to allow for mind control. In this dystopian world, death row inmates are unknowingly being controlled in an ultimate online multi massive player game, where the winner of 30 games is set free (ala Running Man). Butler plays Kable, who is the most successful player in “Slayer” history, with only three games left to survive. Ludacris is part of a vigilante renegade underground group called H.U.M.A.N.Z., which also includes Alison Lohman. Lohman told me a little more about her role in the film at the Beowulf Junket last week.
“I play this revolutionary chick. She’s a vigilante, part of this underground group that is trying desperately to save the world from debaucherous. She’s an idealist. I help [Gerry], but he doesn’t know what is going on and I inform him that he’s in prison in the video game.”
When asked if the rapper turned actor would be the comic relief, one of the producers responded saying “No,” then describing his role as “the intelligent heavy of the movie.” I got the impression that he might even be the leader of the group.
The yet-to-be-titled film is being shot for the next few months in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will hit theaters in December 2008.
This past weekend we got the chance to speak with Alison Lohman about her upcoming film Game, which is written/directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the madmen behind Crank).
“I’m doing a movie now called Game with Gerard Butler. I get to ride a motorcycle. It’s like Sin City, it’s set in the future. It’s a sci-fi thriller about convicts who become the players in a video game, and the players are the ones who control them. And if they win 30 games, they are exonerated, and get out free. The prison system is overloaded so they have to find a way to fund it.Â This is set in the future and the healthcare system is collapsing, so they have to find another way… “
Butler’s character is on his 28th game and is eager to get back to his family.
“I play this revolutionary chick. She’s a vigilante, part of this underground group that is trying desperately to save the world from debaucherous. She’s an idealist. I help [Gerry], but he doesn’t know what is going on and I inform him that he’s in prison in the video game. I start shooting in two weeks in Albuquerque New Mexico. I just decided that I was going to do this about a week ago, so right now I’m just scrambling to learn my lines.”
The film will be shot for 55 days in and around Albuquerque from November 5 through February 5. Game will hit theaters in December 2008. Alison Lohman appears in Beowulf, which hits theaters on November 16th.