Widely recognized for her contributions to the British Film and Television industry, Karen Gillian became a household name after playing Nebula Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Doctor Who star will now take on the mantle of a bold and brutal assassin in Navot Papushado’s Gunpowder Milkshake. Her character, Sam, is seen juggling between the risky choice of obeying her criminal bosses or protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl.
Karen Gillian was blown away by the script, as she says, “When I first read this script I was totally engrossed and felt that this character was something I certainly hadn’t played before. Then, what really, really captured me, were the action sequences. I felt that it would be an incredible creative process.”
Karen Gillan really sensed a strong connection towards her role, “Sam is so cool. First, she is incredible at fighting and can handle all the different types of combat and use all sorts of different weapons that I’ve personally never heard of or seen before. But the character has also got such depth: she’s a woman who is completely lost”
Explaining that it was her human side that really won her over, she adds, “In her mind she was abandoned by her mother when she was a child and she’s suffering from the sense of loss and lack of self-worth because she felt there wasn’t enough to keep her mother around, so she has abandonment issues.”
Karen concludes, “Playing a character of such contrasts – someone who’s very strong and an amazing fighter but also terribly emotional, vulnerable – would, I knew, be really cool”.
The film also features Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, and Paul Giamatti among others.
Gunpowder Milkshake is a 2021 action thriller film directed by Navot Papushado, with a script co-written by Papushado and Ehud Lavski. The film stars Karen Gillan as a young assassin who must team up with her estranged assassin mother (Lena Headey) and her former colleagues (Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett) in order to save a young girl (Chloe Coleman) from other assassins.
Pictures to release Gunpowder Milkshake in Indian Theaters on the 10th September, 2021.