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Press: Sofia Boutella on ‘Hotel Artemis’, Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ and ‘Star Trek’

COLLIDER – With Hotel Artemis opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Sofia Boutella for an interview. During the wide-ranging conversation, she talked about getting to work with writer-director Drew Pearce, why she wanted to be part of the film, how excited she was to work with Jodie Foster and Jeff Goldblum, the action scenes, and more. In addition, she talked about making Gaspar Noé’s Climax and the positive reaction at Cannes, if she knows what’s up with future Star Trek movies and a lot more.

 

If you’re not familiar with Hotel Artemis, the film takes place in a near-future Los Angeles and revolves around a secret members-only hospital that caters to criminals. Run by The Nurse (Jodie Foster), the hospital has various rules (including no weapons and no murdering other patients) that are put into question when an object of great value enters its gates. The film also stars Sterling K. Brown as “Waikiki,” Dave Bautista as “Everest,” Sofia Boutella as “Nice,” Jeff Goldblum as “The Wolf King/Niagara,” Brian Tyree Henry as “Honolulu,” Jenny Slate as “Morgan,” Zachary Quinto as “Crosby,” and Charlie Day as “Acapulco.” Hotel Artemis arrives in U.S. theaters on June 8th.

 

Check out what Sofia Boutella had to say below.

 

Collider: How’re you doing today?

 

BOUTELLA: Good. You know, the day after the premiere.

 

(laughs). Yeah, so you guys showed it last night?

 

BOUTELLA: Yeah.

 

You did press all day, then you showed the movie, and now you’re back here today doing press all day.

 

BOUTELLA: Yeah. (laughs). You know the drill. As you know, you know, it’s my first premiere in LA. So, I invited a lot of friends, and that consisted of a lot of chatting and a lot of catching up because I don’t spend a lot of time here. It was just lovely to have people over and to do that kind of work and have friends around.

 

Yeah. Also, the movie was shot in LA.

 

BOUTELLA: The movie was shot in LA. What a fucking chance! (laughs). You know, for Drew to have his first movie about a love letter to LA and being able to shoot in LA, in downtown LA. Not just LA, but downtown LA.

 

Completely. You’ve done a lot of roles where you’re wearing makeup. When you meet with Drew about this movie was your first question, “Am I wearing makeup?”

 

BOUTELLA: No, luckily I had read the script and then we talked and I saw in the script it was no makeup, which I loved. Then, we talked and he described it to me. Everything was on the page. I kept saying yesterday, the writing is so incredible. He envisioned the hotel, the hospital, and the whole world was exactly on the page and when I stepped on set- his vision was completely translated. He was extremely specific with his idea of what he wanted and that’s what I think everybody fell in love with, the original world. It’s so refreshing to read something like that.

 

Completely. Also, what’s interesting about it is that it’s noir and futuristic. Can you talk a little bit about the world because it takes place in 2028. It has 3D printing for medical stuff, it has futuristic stuff, but it’s also still retro.

 

BOUTELLA: Yeah, it is. It’s sort of a potluck of all the stuff. All the genres that he loves. He’s such a film gore. He loves different kinds of movies and he has specific references, and that’s his mish mash of all these films.

 

It’s also his first time directing a feature. Did you ever feel on set that it was his first time?

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Sofia Boutella to Receive “CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award”

 

Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy” and Focus Features’ “Atomic Blonde” Arrive in Theaters on June 9, 2017 and July 28, 2017 Respectively

 

Sofia Boutella will receive the “CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award,” it was announced today by CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 27-30, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Boutella will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.

 

“Sofia is a remarkably skilled and disciplined actress who has translated astonishing talents in dance to the big screen,” noted Neuhauser. “With her ability to mesmerize audiences through some of the most diverse, captivating and physically demanding roles in Hollywood, she is poised to be the next great female star. We are excited to honor her as this year’s “CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow.”

 

Boutella is a multifaceted talent whose career exemplifies her artistic versatility, magnetic strength and charisma, and on June 9, 2017, she will star alongside Tom Cruise in Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy,” the all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization. Thought safely in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

 

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