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The Protégé: Maggie Q reveals new poster and exclusive preview details

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In an action-movie period outlined by shut fight, pure physicality, and tightly choreographed gunplay à la John Wick, logic would dictate that Maggie Q get her personal stunt spectacle. The Nikita star has been one among Hollywood’s go-to feminine motion gamers for practically 20 years; after breaking in with 2001’s Rush Hour 2, she’s appeared in every little thing from large Hollywood blockbusters (Mission: Impossible 3, Live Free or Die Hard) to Chinese motion dramas.

Luckily, director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) made it occur: In this summer time’s The Protégé, Q stars as Anna, an murderer caught in a game of cat and mouse with a charismatic killer, performed by Michael Keaton. The film places the actor entrance and heart to flex each muscle. Maggie Q is the film — and the film poster, which Polygon completely debuts beneath.

“It is really exciting to have a vehicle that you can put your heart and soul into,” Q says over e mail. “I can’t think of one aspect of this movie that wasn’t a huge challenge for me. I will say the support and challenge were equal.”

the protoge poster with maggie q

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For Campbell, Q was the uncommon multifaceted performer who may sustain with Keaton, and shortly develop a significant relationship with Samuel L. Jackson’s mentor character, however meld the characterization straight into the battle choreography.

“She has that wonderful combination of her skills as an actress and her skill at being able to do action,” Campbell writes over e mail. “The bit where she jumps over the balcony and drops 3 or 4 floors she did herself. She was trained by Jackie Chan, so that’s a huge advantage. She’s extremely good at action and timing and was hardly doubled at all in the movie. We were very lucky to have her […] she did it all.”

Campbell says his crew went to nice lengths to execute The Protégé’s set items as virtually as attainable. Visual results have been used to boost the environments and take away cables right here or there, however figuring out that his lead was absolutely able to performing in any situation gave the director freedom to orchestrate larger on-set stunts.

“They’re all the real thing and a lot of times it’s the actors doing it themselves, which is what I like,” Campbell says. “The truth is I like real action and not visual effects action, which I think in a lot of cases takes you out of the movie. The action is all possible in this movie.”

“Every action role is different for sure, especially because no matter what kind of experience you have had in the past, you are generally always working with a different action team,” Q says. “It’s really about taking the knowledge that I have built in all these experiences and hoping that I will have chemistry with the action coordinator/fight coordinator so we can produce quality with trust. If I don’t trust them it’s already game over on what we can achieve together. I have had that happen but very rarely, on this one I was lucky to work with people I really respected.”

For Q, the “biggest mountain” to climb on The Protégé was going toe to toe with Keaton. “He’s so incredible, an actor of a different caliber. Our chemistry mattered a lot, and I wanted to be able to create something unexpected with it,” she says. “[Anna] is surrounded by older men in this movie who have unique experiences under their belt. Certainly her mentor is the person who taught her everything she knows. It feels like she’s an amalgamation of her teachers and challenges — which are male influenced. She then becomes a unique product of her surroundings, keeping everything she is as her closest asset. The story stems from deep loss which I think is a great equalizer in many ways. No one is immune to it.”

In the tip, all of Q’s selections — from the intimate to the action-driven — labored for Campbell. “She’s so good, which means that my job as a director was much easier. She’s actually the only female action character I’ve ever worked with, and she makes life very easy.”

The Protégé can be launched in theaters on Aug. 20.

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