The debut film from Fox Atomic, Turistas, opening this Friday, is an action/horror melange about a group of clueless tourists from America, Sweden and Australia who travel off the beaten path during a trip to Brazil and end up in the crosshairs of a human organ smuggling operation. Melissa George stars as Pru, a bikini-clad Australian who speaks some rudimentary Portuguese and becomes the unofficial leader of the desperate band. You're probably familiar with George even if you don't yet know her name. She arrived on the scene in 1998, nearly walking away with Alex Proyas' Dark City in a tiny role as May, a gorgeous prostitute being targeted by a killer. Since then, the Aussie actress has bounced between stints on television shows like Alias and roles in low-expectation films like the Amityville Horror remake. In the past year, however, something has clicked for George and she's lined up several intriguing starring roles.
She's currently shooting 30 Days of Night, a big-budget horror film from producer Sam Raimi about a colony of vampires that tries to take over a small Alaskan town where the sun rarely shines. George co-stars alongside expressionless heartthrob Josh Hartnett as two local cops who try to fight back. Also lined up is the psychological thriller Waz, in which she'll co-star with Stellan Skarsgard, and the period drama Music Within about a disabled Vietnam veteran. Cinematical recently called up George in Los Angeles, hours before she was about to hop a plane back to New Zealand to continue filming 30 Days of Night.
I've heard a lot of people talking about this thriller, Waz, which is coming out sometime next year, but no one seems to know exactly what it's about.
MG: Waz is going to come out around May. It's about altruism in nature and about whether you'd kill someone you love in order to survive yourself. It's a very cool film. In nature, there are some animals who will put themselves on the front line to be killed in order to save their kingdom, because they are the same gene pool. They don't care. They just want to survive. One monkey will go out in front of another and get killed in order to save 300 of them behind him. You know what I mean? Whereas, humans, we're a separate gene pool. So we are exploring the idea that if someone said to you 'I will stop doing this to you if you kill your lover'...how much pain would you take, before you kill somebody that you love? It's very awesome. It's got a genius storyline.