Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Chase Masterson and director James Kerwin have a new science fiction project in the works, a remake of R.U.R., a Czech play originally written by Karel Capek.
Kerwin had been interested in the play since taking a college literature course. “I had studied the play in a college lit course, and was even in a production of it in Dallas years ago,” he said. “The story always stuck with me: a play which Karel Capek started writing in 1919, set fifty years from then, which predicted advances in biotechnology and served as an inspiration for masterpieces like Blade Runner and Metropolis. R.U.R. contains an important sociopolitical message, one which is as valid today as it was back in the early 20th century, and I was surprised that it had never been turned into a proper feature film.”
Masterson will be playing the lead role in the film. “…the role of Sulla, which I play in R.U.R., is a gem,” said Masterson. “She’s smart and resourceful and crafty and cunning, oozing sex appeal at all times, and entirely taken for granted because of her status as a working class person.
“Whereas this film is set to be a highly conceptual, eye-candy-style piece of art, there is a real backbone to it; it’s a piece about classism, prejudice, [and] the plight of working people. In different ways at different times, the role of Sulla emphasizes a throughline of conscience in the film, and that’s my favorite part about it. But it’s hard to know where Sulla stands at some points. She’s mercurial…you never know quite what’s up her sleeve. And that’s a challenging, very exciting element to get to play onscreen.”