Katee Sackhoff’s feeling a lot of pressure these days. The actress known for starring on Battlestar Galactica and currently appearing in A&E’s Longmire is looking at Riddick, her next big screen outing, as a huge opportunity as she said to Collider earlier this week.
“There’s still a large majority of the population that doesn’t know what Battlestar Galactica is and hasn’t seen it, so this is the first time a lot of people are going to see me play this type of character,” the actress said. “When you have the large majority of the estrogen quota sitting on your shoulders in a movie, it’s a big task. I joke that it’s not like someone is gonna walk away from the movie and say, ‘The girl was bad,’ and someone is gonna go, ‘Which one?’ My fingers are crossed that it’s going to be really, really great, but I’m incredibly nervous. But, I was this nervous when Battlestar came out. I tested and auditioned for this role in stiletto heels. They cast me in stilettos. That’s who I am. So, to then shift my personality so much and become these strong characters is interesting. It’s always interesting how people are going to perceive it.”
Here’s the film’s RED BAND (read: NSFW) trailer featuring Sackhoff:
When asked about appearing on the Women Who Kick Ass panel and whether that made her feel more comfortable in her role as an action star, Sackhoff said: “100%, yeah. That was a great day. It was a great day for Comic-Con, and it was a great day for women in film and women in action. And I applaud Entertainment Weekly for doing that panel because it is a great panel. As a little girl growing up, this is who I wanted to be, as far as my career is concerned. To have it be validated is a really great thing. I’m sure if everyone on that panel had it up to them, there would be hundreds of millions of strong little girls running around, not taking any shit.”
Riddick, the third film in the Vin Diesel-starring, David Twohy-directed trilogy, opens on September 6th. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.