Queensland’s capital will be overtaken by Artificial Intelligence (AI) – that look like they could give Battlestar Galactica’s Cylons a run for their money – in the new Neil Johnson sci-fi flick, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter.

The movie is one of two pictures Johnson is adding to his extensive portfolio this year, both of which star rising sci-fi actress, Tracey Birdsall.

Speaking to GDU, Birdsall described the forthcoming flick as a mix between Star Wars, Star Trek and Mad Max but with as little green screen and CGI as possible. This was done to give viewers a sense of authenticity by not stretching the imagination too thin.

Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter

To build on that real-life connection, the movie was filmed on location in three key spots, including Australia’s very own Sunshine State.

According to Birdsall, who plays the role of Sienna the “bright and spunky” heroine, Brisbane sets the stage for one of the major AI and human battles. While she didn’t reveal whether the city will face Avenger-style destruction, she did say it’ll be the first time Aussies see the destination at the mercy of robots.

          “You’ll see Brisbane taken over by robots,” she said.

“A lot of it is filmed from an aerial perspective, it’s incredible and it’s very cool to see.”

Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter

In addition to Brisbane, the two other major filming locations were Trona Pinnacles in California – which has made an appearance in Star Trek and Planet of the Apes – as well as Arizona where parts of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was shot.

She said working in two highly popular sci-fi locations influenced her acting and helped her get into character.

          “I’m such a sci-fi nut, I’m a huge fan all the way across the board, so to go to those places brought back thoughts and memories and it made it easier getting into character in these familiar sets.”


Joining Birdsall in the new movie is Daz Crawford who recently played Kebo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; there’s also Young Spock from Star Trek III, Stephen Manley; and Livvy Stubenrauch, whose voice you might recognise as young Anna in Disney’s Frozen.

Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter is scheduled for release this year. The movie is a prequel to a TV series spinoff called, Gods of War, which Birdsall said is still in pre-production phase.


It will be the first of two joint Tracey and Neil Johnson movies to be released in 2016. The other is At the Edge of Time.

Check GDU later this week for our full interview with Tracey Birdsall.

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