Lionsgate just released a trailer for their newest straight-to-VOD feature, “Rogue.” Notably, the film is led by a keenly ferocious Megan Fox, who plays a soldier leading her team to survival, all while being hunted by vicious, deadly lionesses. The film seems to play like a B-horror-thriller in the vein of last year’s “Crawl,” which is enough to keep us hopeful.
In “Rogue,” Fox leads her soldiers through Africa in hopes to rescue war prisoners, but she instead finds herself on the precipice of survival, as she encounters and wards off waves of enemy soldiers and killer lions. Alongside Fox, “Rogue” stars Jessica Sutton, Calli Taylor, Brandon Auret, Adam Deacon, and Sisanda Henna.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Megan Fox tackles a thrilling new role as a battle-hardened mercenary in this explosive action saga. As team leader O’Hara, she leads a lively squad of soldiers on a daring mission: rescue hostages from their captors in remote Africa. But as the mission goes awry and the team is stranded, O’Hara’s squad must face a bloody, brutal encounter with a gang of rebels — and the horde of ravenous, enraged lions they encounter.
Although this is the first Megan Fox-led movie that’s circulated through the press in quite some time, discourse of her portrayals and characterizations in roles prior have been aplenty as of recent.
After a 2009 interview with Jimmy Kimmel recently resurfaced – in which Fox cited the problematic treatment she encountered during her audition as an extra in “Bad Boys II” – many fans came rushing to Fox’s side, explaining that she is, in fact, a fantastic, estimable actress. (This is most popularly supported by her work in “Jennifer’s Body.”) Many conclude that despite Fox’s clear stardom and talent, she tragically got the short end of the stick due to her patriarchy-imposed depictions early in her career; “Bad Boys II” and “Transformers” alike.
While “Rogue” may not necessarily be the film to reignite enthusiasm and appreciation for Fox’s acting prowess, it’s still certainly nice to see her back in a leading role, particularly in a film that is written and directed by women.
“Rogue” is directed by M.J. Bassett, from a script that she and Isabel Bassett penned together. The film was produced by M.J. Bassett, Kyle Ambrose, Delon Bakker, and Molly Hassell, and will be released by Lionsgate on VOD on August 28.