First Look: Rhona Mitra in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Even though her foray into ass-kickery in Doomsday was a little lacking, I have high hopes for the seductive Rhona Mitra in the upcoming Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Entertainment Weekly brings us our first look at Mitra as the werewolf (aka Lycanthrope) Death Dealer, Sonja. Rise of the Lycans marks the third installment in the Underworld series, which was originally conceived by supporting actor and series regular Kevin Grevioux. The stories depict the centuries-old struggle between the two species, which became popular (in no small part) because of the latex and rubber battle attire donned by horror heroine Kate Beckinsale. Mitra steps in as the female lead this time around and seems to prefer the feel of a cold metal breast plate to the stretchy synthetics. Check out the first photos from the film below!
Rise of the Lycans is actually a prequel to the two preceding films. While Beckinsale will be absent from the new film, Mitra is not taking over her role as Selene. Rather, the ballsy Brit with play Sonja, who is a secret lover of Lucian (Michael Sheen), a powerful leader of the werewolf clan that rises up against the Viktor (Bill Nighy), the vampire king. Since the film takes place in the Dark Ages, unlike the two before it, it seems natural that Mitra and crew are sporting armor this time around. Much of the cast of the previous two films will return in their same roles.
Not returning, however, is director Len Wiseman, who is also Kate Beckinsale's husband. Wiseman is still involved in a limited capacity, but newcomer and long-time production designer Patrick Tatopoulos will helm the film. Tatopoulos had a hand in the special effects and creature design for the previous Underworld films, along with many others in the sci-fi/horror space, including Pitch Black, The Cave and Silent Hill. That's not a bad resume, but it still leaves his ability to direct in question. All told, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is certainly a tweak to the series formula, but still promising in my mind. What do you think? Does Mitra look like a solid addition?