Maggie Grace’s new movie “Lockout” is technically a sci-fi movie, in that its primary location takes place in outer space (a space prison to be exact), but it’s essentially a remake of John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” … only set in outer space. And sadly minus a hero with an eyepatch and a sour disposition. In place of that, though, you get Guy Pearce of “L.A. Confidential” fame.
“Lockout” is from writer/producer Luc Besson, who came up with the idea with the film’s directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, and has Grace playing the daughter of the President of the United States of America, who somehow, some way, finds herself held captive in a space prison that has been taken over by its violent inmates. Guy Pearce (below) will save the day as the film’s lead, a wrongly convicted badass (we’re presuming the badass qualifications here, of course), who is offered the chance at freedom (yeah, right) if he’ll go to the space prison and rescue the POTUS’ kid. He of course agrees, knowing full well that the “good guys” will try to screw him over at the end cause, well, that’s how these movies usually goes, after all.
“Lockout” will mark the second time Grace has starred as a damsel-in-distress in a Luc Besson film, with the first one being “Taken”. As you’ll recall, Grace played a kidnapped teenager, aka the world’s most unconvincing movie teenager … EVER — in that film.
Shooting on “Lockout” is set for September 7.
Meanwhile, Grace’s return as a kidnapped “teenager” in “Taken 2” seems a given, as the sequel is still on track to getting made.