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Recently Dread Central had the chance to sit down one-on-one with one of our favorite lively and outspoken actresses – Michelle Rodriguez- during the press day for Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming sequel Resident Evil: Retribution.

Considering she’s a franchise veteran returning (from the dead, no less) to the world of Resident Evil after ten years away, we spoke with Rodriguez about the evolution of Rain Ocampo and how she changed things up with her character in this fifth installment. Rodriguez also discussed how Rain’s superhuman abilities were freeing for her as an actress in Retribution as well as her thoughts on reuniting with her Resident Evil family again.

Check out our exclusive chat with Rodriguez below, and look for more on Resident Evil: Retribution soon!

Exclusive: Michelle Rodriguez on Returning for Resident Evil: Retribution and More

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Dread Central: We’ve seen you play badasses over the years, and very well I might add, but there was something a bit different about what you did with Rain in Retribution– was it kind of liberating to get to take on a bunch of dudes like that and just destroy them?

Michelle Rodriguez: Well, I can’t take all the credit- some of that goes to ‘Las Plagas’ (the strain of infection featured in the Resident Evil game series storylines) of course. It is a pretty amazing genetic mutation, and I had a lot of fun during those scenes with the guys- yes (laughs).

Dread Central: Because your character is a bit more complicated this time around, was that part of the appeal for you to return to the Resident Evil series?

Michelle Rodriguez: All that and the fact that for part of the movie I was almost like an Olympic athlete on the most extreme steroids you could ever imagine. You don’t get offered roles like that a lot, especially as a woman, so I just thought when I first read the script, “How fun! This could be really cool” and saw it as a chance to have more fun than I normally get to have.

And I totally loved that other side of my character, too- the Rain that drives a Prius, wears high heels, hates the NRA and doesn’t know how to defend herself- was so something not up my normal alley, but I still had fun playing it in a completely different way. And yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever played anyone so innocent before.

I have to say, though, that everyone only calls me to play these tough chicks so maybe it’s time to switch things up. In fact, that’s it; I’m doing a rom-com now (laughs). I’m going to show you all a totally different Michelle now after 13 years (laughs).

Dread Central: Do you feel like a lot of that is because you have a stronger personality, one that seems like you can take a lot of crap but give it out as well?

Michelle Rodriguez: For sure, of course. It’s all boiling down in there. In fact, a lot of times I have to keep it tamed down. You wouldn’t want to see what would happen if I didn’t (laughs).

Dread Central: Because you’re associated with several huge franchises, like Resident Evil and the Fast & Furious films or even now the Machete movies, do you always look forward more to projects like these because you are getting to reunite with the different movie families?

Michelle Rodriguez: Hell yeah; for all of them. And for this one in particular- coming back and seeing Milla (Jovovich) and Paul, now together, and everyone from the producers to the art department to the wardrobe department that have all been involved since the very beginning. It’s pretty amazing to come back after ten years and see everyone and just how loyal they all are to this franchise and this world. It’s great to get to come back again and hopefully come back again if we get to do another one.

It just kind of feels like my life is a comic book series, and it all seems to happen in “volumes,” whether it’s returning for a Resident Evil movie, a Machete movie or another Fast (& Furious) movie. I’ve been very lucky.

Written and directed by Paul Anderson, Resident Evil: Retribution stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon. Look for Resident Evil: Retribution in theatres on September 14, 2012, from Screen Gems.

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The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

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Paramount’s Dating App Thriller Snags The Boy Next Door Screenwriter

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Are dating apps scary? Paramount sure hopes that’s the case as they have just hired screenwriter Barbara Curry (Blumhouse’s The Boy Next Door) to pen the upcoming “dramatic investigative thriller” Gasp.

Hiring Curry for this film makes a ton of sense being that before Curry was the screenwriter behind “dramatic investigative thrillers” she worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for ten years. Qualifications galore.

Deadline reports that Gasp is centered around a female detective investigating a killer who is targeting women via a dating app. Nice. Not only is that a super-timely and creepy plot for a flick, but the film is supposedly based on several true stories.

Heaven help us. I knew it. Stay away from those. Male or female. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Now while I’ve never had a bad experience (re: stalker) from a dating app that makes sense considering I never use them. Ever. I prefer the old-school method of sitting in my room alone typing horror news articles and letting the ladies come to me.

12% of the time, it works every time.

The film is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) is co-producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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