Luke Goss' decision to star in this weekend's Syfy original movie Annihilation Earth started and ended with the script's final moments.
Goss, who's developed a sizable following of genre fans thanks to his appearances in Unearthed, Blade II, Frankenstein, Fringe and the upcoming films Tekken and Magdalena, stars in Annihilation Earth as David Wyndham, a physicist whose work may have resulted in the destruction of France and might very well lead to the end of Earth as we know it. Only, he's not sure whether he made a mistake or other, sinister forces have corrupted his work. Annihilation Earth will premiere on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
"They sent me the screenplay and it was the ending that did it, really," Goss said in an exclusive interview earlier this week. "That and a conversation with the director [Nick Lyon]. To be honest, I wanted to make sure this was a project we'd actually create, do right. I didn't want it to be 'Yeah, let's phone this stuff in.' The ending is what surprised me, because I thought everything would be all nice and tied up and that the character they asked me to play would be trying to be too heroic when he's not. He's a scientist. So I made sure not to hit the gym for this role, and I wanted things to be t-ts-up at the end, like it was written, without telling you exactly what happens, and they are. I didn't think they do that on TV anymore. So there's meaning to the story, and meaning to the ending."
Since Goss was on the line, it only made sense to bring up Magdalena and Tekken. He confirmed that Magdalena, producer Gale Anne Hurd's big-screen adaptation of the Top Cow comic book, looks likely to roll next year. As for the long-completed Tekken, based on the popular video game franchise, Goss—who plays a British boxer—insisted that despite rumors to the contrary it will open in U.S. theaters next year.
"You will see it in the States, for sure," Goss said. "You will. There has been some speculation that it will be going DVD, but it will definitely be a theatrical release here. I saw it about a month ago at a private screening, and I have to be honest with you, it's cool as hell. It's really, really good. It's been through a number of evolutions as far as cuts and composing and score, all the other stuff, and making sure the colors are as dark as they wanted. It's R-rated. It's cool. I'm really, really happy with it."