Elias Koteas told SCI FI Wire that his upcoming film Defendor is a superhero comedy-drama-action film starring Woody Harrelson as an average Joe who think he has a secret superhero identity.
The independent film was written by Peter Stebbings, who makes his directing debut, and also features Sandra Oh (Blindness) and Kat Dennings. Stebbings is actually an actor-turned-director whose acting credits include a series-regular role on Jeremiah as Markus Alexander, leader of the Thunder Mountain colony of survivors, and two guest shots as the Tok'ra base commander Malek on Stargate SG-1.
"Woody plays this guy who, most of the time, is this meek individual," Koteas said in an interview while promoting his latest film, the March 27 release The Haunting in Connecticut. "And he takes it upon himself to be this Defendor. He doesn't have real powers. He has marbles that he throws at you. He has a club. He has bees in a bottle that he sics on you. You don't know if you should laugh or be pissed off or run or what. As a character opposite that, you don't know 'Who is this guy, and what the hell does he want?' The story is really quite beautiful."
Oh plays Harrelson's psychiatrist, while Dennings appears as a crack-addicted prostitute who befriends the Defendor. Koteas is a police detective who's crossed over to the dark side.
"He went in to infiltrate this group, this gang, and in the meantime the lines were fuzzy, so somehow he lost his family, he gets addicted to crack, and he becomes something like a part-time pimp for this organization," Koteas said of his character. "He's going to get indicted. So it sounds grim, but at the same time it's very funny. It's a great script and a first-time director. Woody Harrelson was great. Kat Dennings was great. So it could be good. It was a great experience, actually."