In a career spanning little
more than 15 years, Lena Headey has appeared in close to
50 films. On-screen, she’s portrayed the tough-as-nails Queen
Gorgo (300), the tough-as-nails Sarah Connor (Terminator:
The Sarah Connor Chronicles), the tough-as-nails super-sexy cave-diving
scientist Kathryn (The Cave), and Luce, the … uh … hot-as-nails
florist who wins Piper Perabo’s heart (Imagine Me and You).
Hell, if you dig deep enough into Headey’s past, you’ll even find
that she’s appeared alongside a certain mulleted secret agent: I’m
talking about the 1994 made-for-TV film MacGyver: Trail to
Doomsday. My current to-do list has increased by one; to wit:
1) get peanut butter, 2) learn to live without sleep so I can play the
new Silent Hill game all the time, 3) see MacGyver: Trail
to Doomsday ASAP.
Though I’d leap at the chance
to watch Headey read the phone book (eh, who am I kidding — I’d leap
at the chance to watch Headey simply look at a phone book), as
a horror fan I’m psyched because she’s got several genre flicks
coming down the pike: The Broken, an Invasion of the Body
Snatchers–esque thriller which earned good reviews at this year’s
Sundance Film Festival; and the just-announced Black Death, an
apocalyptic medieval gothic horror film about necromancy and … you know,
that bubonic plague thing.
In The Broken, Headey
is Gina McVey, a woman who becomes a bit disturbed one fine day when
she sees herself drive by in her own car. I can understand how
this might be unnerving if it happened to you, but to me it means there’s
more than one Lena Headey in the world, a prospect I’m pretty sure
I could live with.
Black Death, currently
in preproduction, finds Headey leading a village and, according to
The Hollywood Reporter, making
“a pact with the forces of darkness.” Frankly, she can make
all the evil deals she wants; I’ll still elect her into office.