Cape Town - MultiChoice Group's M-Net has partnered with Capstone and Mannequin to produce the new feature film Rogue, starring American actress and box-office powerhouse Megan Fox, best known for her role in Transformers.
Directed by M.J. Basset (Deathwatch, Strikeback), the action-adventure film - currently in production in the UK and South Africa - will also feature several top-rated local actors.
Fox will share the screen with award-winning South African-born leading man Greg Kriek, who has more than 50 international screen credits to his name. Sisanda Henna, who recently had African audiences raving about his role as the villain Inkuzi in M-Net's hit series Trackers, also nabbed a part, while Brandon Auret (District 9, Chappie, Still Breathing) and Jessica Sutton (Kissing Booth, Fort Salem) are among the other well-known South African cast members.
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"We are excited to be involved in this feature film project," says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net CEO. "It slots perfectly into M-Net's mission to be Africa's leading visual storyteller, and to support ventures that give our local talent the opportunity to enjoy worldwide exposure."
Producer and Mannequin Exec Delon Bakker goes on to say: "I remember sitting behind the monitor on one of our first days, watching our Director of Photography, Brendan Barnes, frame up a scene with Brandon, Sisanda, Greg, Jessica, and Megan. As a South African, that was a really proud moment for me."
M-Net holds the rights to distribute Rogue to African audiences, and Capstone will finance and distribute the rest of the world. Rogue will hit the big screen in America and South Africa in 2020, on a same day release.
Megan portrays Samantha O'Hara, a powerful woman who leads a team of mercenaries in Africa on a mission to rescue a group of kidnapped schoolgirls. When their plan goes South, the mercenaries find themselves out of ammo and lost in the African bush, having to defend themselves against the kidnappers and angry lions on a revenge killing mission.
Samantha's team of mercenaries includes former British Royal Marine Mike Barasa (Greg Kriek); rock-hard, cynical South African sergeant Elijah (Brandon Auret), a battle-hardened former member of the country's special forces; and the one-time Kenyan/Masai Al Shabab fighter Pata (Sisanda Henna), who joins the mercenaries to exact revenge on those who murdered his daughter.
Compiled by Graye Morkel