Kate Beckinsale lands leading role in new Action-Comedy Jolt
According to Deadline, Underworld alum Kate Beckinsale has been tapped for the leading role in Millennium Media’s upcoming female-driven action-comedy titled Jolt. The film will be directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) with Beckinsale set to play the role of a homicidal bouncer named Lindy.
“Jolt is a kick-ass and painfully funny script,” Wexler said in an interview with the outlet. “When I saw that Kate Beckinsale was attached to play the lead, I jumped at the opportunity to make the movie. This is the movie for right now — a revenge-action film for every woman (and man) who wants to turn their inner ‘Thelma & Louise’ up to 11.”
Jolt will follow the story of Lindy, who is a badass bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.
The film is written by Scott Wascha (Made in Berlin) with Sherryl Clark and Millennium Media’s David Bernardi and Les Weldon serving as producers. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein and Jonathan Yunger of Millennium Media are all set as executive producers.
“Jolt is just that: a shock to the system, and this film promises to be a wicked cocktail of action, humor, and style.” Millennium’s Greenstein added “I believe that this is the start to a fun franchise, and I am eager to see our director Tanya Wexler and star Kate Beckinsale bring this badass character and story to life. And it’s great to team up again with our friend and talented producer Sherryl Clark.
Jolt marks Millennium Media’s first project with a female lead, director and producer. Filming is scheduled to begin on July in the U.K. and Sofia, Bulgaria.
Beckinsale is no stranger to action genre as she previously starred in the supernatural-action film franchise of Underworld. She is also best known for starring in action film such as: the 2004 Van Helsing opposite Hugh Jackman; and the sci-fi film Total Recall. She will next be seen in Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto.