‘The Time War’, from writer/director Neil Johnson, has received its first promotional art. The long gestating sci-fi thriller, which began production back in 2010, features legendary actor Christopher Lee in his last role. The long awaited film also stars award-winning actors Trace Birdsall (Casino) and Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men), who co-starred together in ‘Dawn of the Crescent Moon’.
Lee had his first role in 1946’s television series ‘Kaleidoscope’. He starred in 278 roles including in ‘The Hobbit’ franchise, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ franchise, ‘Sleepy Hallow’, ‘Gremlins 2’, ‘The Wicker Man (1973)’, and 1959’s ‘The Mummy’. He also appeared in many Dracula films, like ‘Count Dracula’ (1970). Lee lent his voice to several animated roles, for example the character of Pastor Galswells in Tim Burton’s ‘The Corpse Bride’.
The Time War’ explores a scenario where Adolf Hitler travels back in time to rewrite history. Imagine “you try and stop him and make matters much worse…”
From the Press Release:
Award-winning actors Tracey Birdsall and Barry Corbin are filming The Time War, writer-director Neil Johnson’s long gestating science-fiction thriller that went into development back in 2010. The film features the legendary Christopher Lee (Lord of theRings, Star Wars : Attack of the Clones) in one of his final screen roles.
Originally written in 1995, The Time War fixes onthe thrilling, entertaining scenario that imagines Adolf Hitler travelling back in time and rewriting history. “Next imagine you try and stop him and make matters much worse…”
Birdsall, who this year stars in Johnson’s highly-anticipated Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter, is a favorite of Neil Johnson.
“Tracey is one of the most versatile and talented actresses of our times. She’s going to blow everyone away with her performance in Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, so we wanted to keep theparty going – and excitement from the audience to see more of her – by fashioning this follow-up as a real showcase for her.”
Johnson is also a long-time fan of acclaimed actor Corbin, whose many credits include The Thorn Birds, No Country for Old Men, Norma Raeand TV hits Northern Exposure and Anger Management.
“This is a man that can do anything – evoke great laughter, spur tears, have you rooting for him – and audiences are going to go nuts for him here. We’ve written a fantastic part for Barry.”
For Corbin, it’s a return to the sci-fi genre. TheTexas-born actor’s previous genre efforts include such classics as WarGames and Critters 2 and TV’s The Twilight Zone.
Birdsall and Corbin worked together on Dawn of the Crescent Moon – which snared the coveted Best Ensemble Cast Award at Action on Film Festival, rapidly becoming one of the most reputable independent film festivals in the world.
Filmmaker Johnson was so sure that the film would get made one day that in November of 2010, he paid Sir Christopher Lee to record an opening narration while at Abbey Road studios on other business. Johnson didn’t realize that this would bethe last time that he would see the acclaimed actor, who passed in 2015.
“Mr Lee had killed a number of Nazis during WW2, so it was very apt that the great Nazi Hunter gave his great talent to this wonderfully unique film,” said Johnson.
Additional casting to be announced.
‘The Time War’ is now moving forward. We will keep you posted as the film announces more cast members.