Horror: 30 Days of Night
Usually I’m the first guy in line to poke fun at any of the so called ‘actors’ out there with an appearance in an Australian Soap-Opera mentioned in their bio. As a rule the performances in your typical Aussie Soap are pretty abysmal, but like all rules there are exceptions. Melissa George happens to be one of those exceptions. Since the late nineties she’s honed her skills as a performer, built an impressive body of work and has evolved into an expat that Australia can be proud of… and it doesn’t hurt that she’s so darn cute either.
After leaving the Geneva Convention defying, gawd awful, waste-of-television-transmission-power that is “Home and Away”, Melissa worked steadily. For a while she remained (and continued to work) here in Australia, but eventually she moved to the states, where she added some more television and the odd film credit to her CV (including a stint on Alias).
To be honest, despite being aware of her work in Dark City and Mulholland Drive, it wasn’t until I saw her performance in last year’s remake of The Amityville Horror that I started paying any attention to her. Yeah, I admit that it was a pointless and plotless movie, but it’s production quality and the fine performances by Melissa and co-star Ryan Reynolds made it worth sitting through… And it appears that I’m not the only one who thought so, as Melissa’s just been given the role of Deputy Sheriff Stella Olemaun in the upcoming adaptation of 30 Days of Night.
30 Days of Night is based on the miniseries of horror based comics, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith in 2002. The story follows the residents of the small Alaskan town of Barrow, in particular sheriff Eben Olemaun (to be played by Josh Hartnett) and his wife Stella, who must fight to survive when a horde of vampires descend on the town. What makes things all the more difficult is that, due to it’s proximity to the North Pole, Barrow experiences periods where the sun doesn’t rise for 30 days.
Sam Raimi (Spider-man) returns to his horror roots to produce 30 Days of Night, which begins filming in New Zealand at the beginning of August. [source]