The Millennium Media comic book adaptation Red Sonja is officially in production has a new cast member! Matilda Lutz is to star as the lead role in the film. This news coming after Hannah John Kamen stepped away from the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Lutz leads the ensemble cast that includes Wallis Day, Robert Sheehan, Michael Bisping, Martyn Ford and Eliza Matengu. M.J. Bassett will direct while Joey Soloway, who had initially been set to helm the film, will be credited as an executive producer.
For those not familiar with the graphic novel, Red Sonja, it’s a comic book from Dynamite Entertainment. And this isn’t the first time the story has graced the big screen. The comic had previously been adapted for the big screen in 1985. And that film starred Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Who is Matilda Lutz?
Matilda Lutz is an Italian-American model and actress who is best known for appearing in the 2017 horror film Rings. Additionally, she appeared in Netflix’s Medici series in 2018.
Lutz is still relativity new to the spotlight, with a little over 20 acting credits to her dating back to 2011. However, it’s safe to assume that will change with the release of Red Sonja.
M.J. Bassett on Red Sonja and Matilda Lutz
“I’ve wanted to make a ‘Red Sonja’ film movie since I was a teenager . She has been a powerful presence for me and a character that I have always wanted to bring to the screen with my own voice and vision.” M.J. Bassett confesses.
“When I met Matilda Lutz, I knew she had all the magic I was looking for and could see the complexity and depth she would bring to Sonja.” Bassett adds.
Millennium Media president Jeffrey Greenstein added: “M.J. is an amazing filmmaker with fantastic vision. And Matilda was absolutely brilliant in ‘Revenge’ that we knew she was right for the role the moment we saw her – making them the perfect duo for ‘Red Sonja’.”
Red Sonja’s Producers
Producers on the film include Mark Canton, Courtney Solomon, Luke Lieberman, Les Weldon, Jonathan Yunger, Yariv Lerner and Joe Gatta.
“I’ve been working with the Millennium production team on adapting this extraordinary graphic novel since Luke Lieberman brought it to us seven years ago,” producer Mark Canton adds. “M.J. is a fantastic filmmaker who truly understands the power of this story that will ignite audiences everywhere. In the realm of fantasy and graphic novels, there is no greater, more empowered female character who has stood the test of time. Courtney Solomon and I are privileged to be a part of this fabulous producing team.”
Production is now underway at Millennium’s Nu Boyana Studio in Bulgaria. Additional shoots are planned at the Nu Boyana Studio in Greece.