Australian actress Teresa Palmer has been generating a lot of buzz for some time now and if her upcoming projects are any indication, then it would seem that her star is certainly on the rise. She first gained the attention of fan-boys everywhere when director George Miller cast her as the evil Talia al Ghul, daughter of Batman villain Ra's al Ghul, in the unmade film Justice League of America based on the popular DC Comics' book. While ultimately that film did not happen, it did put the actress on the map and she next gained attention here in the States when rumors began to fly that Miller had cast her in his upcoming forth chapter of the popular Mad Max series, entitled Fury Road.
Early next year the actress will be seen in the big screen adaptation of the popular science fiction novel, I Am Number Four, directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) and produced by Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. But first she'll appear this summer in the new live-action Disney film The Sorcerer's Apprentice, opening on July 14th staring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel, which is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on the popular scene from the classic animated film, Fantasia. We recently had a chance to speak with Teresa Palmer about I Am Number Four, whether she is doing Fury Road or not, her relationship with George Miller, her disappointment that Justice League of America never happened and her hopes for a The Sorcerer's Apprentice sequel. Here is what the talented actress had to say:
To Begin with, what can you tell us about your upcoming film "I Am Number Four?" Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing that, right?
Teresa Palmer: Yeah, they're producing and D.J. Caruso is directing and it's based on a book about nine alien teen-agers who have been sent to Earth after our planet Lorien has been destroyed. We're hiding out on different parts of Earth and enemy aliens are hunting us. Basically we're numbers one through nine, I play number six and we can only be killed in our number order. Two and three have already been killed and the movie is called I Am Number Four because it is basically about the hunt to find number four who's played by Alex Pettyfer (Beastly). I get to play a real bad ass. I'm like a martial artist, I ride on a Ducati motorbike and I get to kick some alien butt. It was so fun. It comes out February 18th, 2011.
There have been many rumors for some time now that director George Miller had cast you in his upcoming forth chapter of the "Mad Max" series, entitled "Fury Road." Is that true? Are you going to appear in that film?
Teresa Palmer: No, I'm not going to be able to do it anymore. I was in negotiations on that movie for a while and there were scheduling conflicts with I Am Number Four unfortunately, so I can't do (the new) Mad Max. I'm so bummed out about it but obviously I've read the script and George Miller is going to make an incredible movie, it's going to be epic and I think it is going to be the best Mad Max film yet.
I know that you have a strong friendship with Miller so was it really heartbreaking for you when you realized that you would not be able to work with him on this film?
Teresa Palmer: Yeah, I love George. I've known him for a few years obviously from Justice League of America and yeah it was so unfortunate and still something that is really awful every time I think about it. But I do know that they are going to make an amazing movie and I'll be one of the first people in line to watch it.
Since you mentioned it, how disappointing was it for your personally when "Justice League Of America" didn't end up happening?
Teresa Palmer: Yeah that was obviously very disappointing. I think we all really believed in the story and we were all excited to be a part of it. George Miller is obviously a veteran, he is so amazing at what he does and it was exciting to have the opportunity to work with him. So of course it was disappointing when it didn't go ahead but we all still talk about and dream about the idea of it all coming together again one day, so we'll see. But I know that George is very focused on getting Fury Road together right now.
Finally, if "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" does really well next month, would you be interested in returning for a sequel? Is that a film that you could see turning into a franchise and if so, is that something that you would like to be a part of?
Teresa Palmer: Absolutely, I would love to explore the character of Becky again especially where she ended up in the movie, joining the boys on this incredible journey of magic. In fact, her world has be turned upside down and now it's like ... she gets to enter into this unknown lifestyle of sorcery and I just wonder what that means for her character in the second film. I'm not sure what direction they will go in because they could go in any direction but at the very end of the credits there is an additional scene, which I think is a nod to the next The Sorcerer's Apprentice. So fingers crossed that audiences will love the movie, embrace it and go and see it so we cam make a second film.