Celebrated Canadian Actress Takes Featured Role in Sci-Fi Thriller from Special Effects Master Neil Johnson

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Lara Taillon, one of Canada's premiere film, television and theatre actresses, has taken a featured role in "STARSHIP: Rising," an upcoming feature film from director Neil Johnson.

Taillon will play the character, Star One Pilot, in the film, which is eyeing a May 2013 release at the Cannes Film Festival.

The story follows a corrupt planetary federation who is building a secret weapon of destruction that could forever threaten the galaxy.

"It's like Game of Thrones in space," says Taillon. "I think that the audience can look forward to seeing some world-class special effects and non-stop action because anything from Neil Johnson is epic and awesome. He's fiercely focused and he just brings it to life."

Katharine McEwan stars as Terina. "The Twilight Zone" writer Marc Scott Zicree will appear in a cameo role. Johnson also appears in a cameo, acting in a climatic battle scene alongside Taillon.

"Lara brings an incredible energy to set," Johnson said. "Her look on screen and her focus is something I seek in all my actors. It's rare to find an actor that not only fits in with the aesthetics of my films, but one that also brings realness and intensity on screen."

Taillon, of Calgary, is known for acting on the hit CTV series "Corner Gas." She acted in Terry Gilliam's 2005 drama fantasy "Tideland" which starred Jennifer Tilly, Jeff Bridges and Jodelle Ferland.

Taillon also acted in the Magnolia Independent Film Festival winner "Yesterday" directed by Rob Grant, and in the Directors Guild of Canada and Genie Awards winning war epic "Passchendaele."

Known as a special effects pioneer who innovated sci-fi filmmaking, Johnson has directed and written more than 20 films over the last 20 years, including "Humanity's End," "The Demons in my Head," "Alien Armageddon," "To Become One" and "Battlespace." The UK native has directed more than 500 music videos for bands such as U2, Manowar and Rhapsody of Fire.

The Fifth Street Cinema Review named Johnson Filmmaker of the Decade for 2000-2009. In 2012, Johnson earned the Hampton's Prize Award for his achievements in digital filmmaking.

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