But Sackhoff’s role on 24 didn’t take advantage of her strength and talent – in fact, her character Dana Walsh was panned all season. (Even Sackhoff said that Dana had no redeeming qualities.) And two upcoming movies, The Haunting in Georgia and Growl, are in the horror genre, with limited appeal to those of us who prefer not to pay to be terrified out of our minds.
Sackhoff’s latest project, announced this week, may be the role that gives her a chance to attract new fans. She’s playing the lead in indie film Sexy Evil Genius, a dark comedy from Shawn Piller, showrunner for ABC Family’s Greek.
Genius is the story of a group of strangers brought together in a downtown Los Angeles by their mutual ex (Sackhoff). Her intentions are not clear, but by the end of the night, according to THR, “revenge will be had, romance made and the wronged woman will have delivered on her reputation as the sexy evil genius at the center of all their lives.” The imagination reels.
The film is garnering increased interest because the screenwriter is Scott Lew, who has ALS. This summer, his condition worsened, robbing him of speech, and Lew wrote the script from his wheelchair, using an infrared dot on his forehead to point to letters and words on his computer. That, friends, is a dedicated writer.
No news yet on when filming starts for Genius, but we’ll keep you posted. Seeing Katee Sackhoff in a central, comedic role will be a treat, in any case. Let’s hope she gets to kick a little ass, too.
Does Sexy Evil Genius sound like a good fit for Katee? Do you plan to see it?