Jamie Chung, who co-stars with an ensemble of young action heroines in Zack Snyder's original movie Sucker Punch, told reporters that rehearsals have started to give her a sense of what the film will be.
"We just had a table read on Friday, and it really brought things to life," Chung said Sunday in a group interview in Beverly Hills, Calif., where she was promoting the horror film Sorority Row. "We're in the room with all the artwork up and it's just his vision. It's insane how the kindest person in the world can think of something so dark. I'm really excited to work with Zack Snyder. He is the happiest person in the world. It's crazy. He's always smiling. It's insane."
SCI FI Wire reported Snyder's plan to incorporate hard-core gritty action into the film's fight scenes on June 24. Chung, a veteran of Samurai Girl and Dragonball Evolution, had to step up her martial arts to meet the challenge.
"It puts 300 to shame," Chung continued. "It's the same stunt guys, 87eleven, Damon [Caro] and Logan [Hood] the trainer, but it really is 300, but with a female cast. It's really empowering. It's powerful. There's machine guns. The girls have been training for 12 weeks, so you can only imagine. The girls are dead-lifting 210 pounds. I'm coming in, I'm like, 'Oh my God, what am I getting myself into?' I'm sore and I have the bruises to show it, but these girls are working so incredibly hard and the team is so tight."
Sucker Punch stars Emily Browning as a girl committed to an asylum by her evil stepfather. As a coping mechanism, she creates a fantasy world in which she and her friends are action heroes.
"She goes into these fever dreams to escape, but somehow the alter reality affects her reality, just like in Alice in Wonderland," Chung said. "All of the characters in her fever dream are from her real life. The girls plan to escape and they come up with a plan, and things go terribly wrong. It really does affect her reality. It's a great story. My character is one of the four girls that try to help our lead hero escape. It's pretty dark. It's PG-13, but it's a great adventure."
Chung felt that describing her two characters, the inmate and her fever dream persona, would be giving too much away. However, she assured viewers that the meaning of the title Sucker Punch would become clear.
"Absolutely, it all makes sense," she said. "It's one of those smart movies like I haven't seen in a while. Towards the end, you're like, 'Oh, I get it. That's awesome.'"
After leaping from MTV's The Real World to steady acting gigs, Chung considers Sucker Punch a career highlight.
"Are you kidding me?" Chung exclaimed. "I mean, it still hasn't hit me. It won't hit me until we start shooting and there's enough footage where they can't recast me. That is when I'll relax. The actor's audition is never done. You have to be on your A game, and being on this project is a dream come true, so there's nothing I want to do to screw it up. I can go on and on. I'm so excited about this project. To be a part of it, I'm so grateful. I'm still pinching myself. I'm like, 'He picked me, yay.' But it's going to be a fantastic movie, and the fight sequences are going to be insane, and the visuals are going to be out of this world."
Sucker Punch is due out March 25, 2011.