Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Sofia Boutella Teases Action Comedy ‘The Killer’s Game’

French Algerian actress Sofia Boutella took to social media to share the trailer for her latest film, “The Killer’s Game.”

Set to hit cinemas in September, the action comedy is directed by J.J. Perry and stars Dave Bautista, fresh off his stint in “Dune 2,” Ben Kingsley, Terry Crews and Pom Klementieff.

Diagnosed with a terminal illness, hit man Joe Flood (Bautista) decides to take a hit out on himself. However — and here’s where the comedy kicks in — the hospital made a mistake and Flood isn’t dying at all and now has to escape a steady stream of hit men who won’t be called off. Boutella plays the role of the protagonist’s love interest, who also gets caught up in the mayhem.

Boutella most recently starred in “Rebel Moon — Part 2: The Scargiver.”

In the sci-fi adventure — a sequel to last year’s “Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire” — which debuted on Netflix April 19, a peaceful colony on the edge of a galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force.

Kora, played by Boutella, has assembled a small band of warriors — outsiders, insurgents, peasants and orphans of war from different worlds who share a common need for redemption and revenge, and must band together to fight the Motherworld.

Boutella drew on her history as an immigrant. She grew up in Algeria during its civil war and later moved to France, and found herself navigating the complexities of adapting to a different culture.

“Having left Algeria young, when I go back there I don’t feel like I belong to Algeria. And then, in France, I don’t feel like I belong to France because I didn’t grow up there,” she told Arab News in a previous interview.

Boutella has learned to embrace her rootlessness, though. “I feel like I belong to this planet. I have the freedom to travel wherever I want, without any limitation,” she said. “But sometimes, I miss the proximity and attachment that people have to their country.”

Kora was not Algiers-born Boutella’s first role as a sword-wielding extraterrestrial. The actress, who at the age of 10 fled to Paris with her family during the Algerian civil war, is known for her breakout performance in the Oscar-nominated film, “Star Trek Beyond,” in which she portrayed the fierce alien warrior, Jaylah.