Who wouldn't want to be a superhero?
According to Corey Guilbault, it's a pretty good deal.
“It's amazing to be a superhero,” the leading character in the locally produced feature film Luxeon said. “I can fly, and I'm a super buff dude in the film — in reality, that may not be the truth.”
Guilbault not only stars in the film, but was responsible for bringing it to life. It's his sophomore production — a followup to 15 Keys.
The action flick was inspired not only by Guilbault's love of superheroes, but also his recent battle with cancer. Like Guilbault, a key character in the film was given the dreadful diagnosis — and the real-life struggle of human trial testing for cancer-fighting agents.
“The script is grey versus grey,” he said. “It's hard to tell who the villain is.”
Local cast and crews have been hard at work bringing the film to life. Sudbury has been transformed into a major urban centre for filming. Guilbault is confident Luxeon will “far surpass anything we have ever come close to producing.”
Producer Dave Adams said he's confident audiences will appreciate the effort that has gone into the project, and what will be needed before the production is done.
"When people see this movie, they're going to be amazed it was made in Sudbury,” he said. “They're going to think it's a bigger movie than what we've done.
“People from Sudbury made this? Hopefully they don't believe it.”
The fight scene finale was shot in the cavern at Science North.
“It's going to be huge, epic, great,” Adams said.
Fighting next to Guilbault from the darkside is Callam Rodya. The local actor said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to have such a major role in the production. While the local film scene is growing, it doesn't necessarily allow local talent the chance to be heard.
“There aren't as many opportunities for locals actors as we might hope in those kinds of films,” he said. “It's great there are independent films being made by locals for locals. It gives people like me the opportunity to take on large roles in a film.”
While it may not be Hollywood, Rodya said the film is high-concept and will provide local audiences an “interesting” look at their own city.
Guilbault is planning a local week-long theatre run including a red-carpet gala for Luxeon, and has plans to hit the festival circuit, and have the film “distributed as far as we can possibly push it.”
Ideally, the film will draw in some funds so Guilbault and his crew can continue to make movies in the city.
Anyone interested in helping out is welcome to visit indiegogo.com/luxeonmovie to make a donation.
For more information on the film, visit luxeonmovie.com, or hbentertainment.ca.