I first profiled this dude about a year ago; buzz about a film he’s starring in picked up recently, since it was announced that it will finally make its world debut at the Berlin Film Festival this month, after 5 or more years in production (this is what happens when you’re making sci-fi parody without any real steady financial backing.
So once again… Meet Christopher Kirby, the US-born, Australia-based actor who played Mauser in the last 2 Matrix flicks, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
Kirby is one of the 3 lead characters in a Finnish, sci-fi, Nazi comedy titled Iron Sky. Maybe you’ve heard of it recently with all the online chatter about it – especially in fanboy circles.
Kirby plays a character named James Washington, the “first African-American astronaut on the Moon,” where he meets the Moon Nazis played by his German co-stars – the other 2 leads in the film, Gotz Otto and Julia Dietze.
The longer description from the film’s website reads:
Towards the end of World War II the Nazi scientists made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity. From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right. Now it’s 2018, and it’s the time for the first American Moon landing since the 70′s. Meanwhile the Nazi invasion, that has been over 70 years in the making, is on its way, and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom. The three main characters of the story are Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), and James Washington (Christopher Kirby).
Udo Kier plays the commander of a secret base of Moon Nazis.
Directed by Timo Vuorensola, Iron Sky, which was actually partly financed by fans online, took 5 long years to complete, and is now finally complete with a debut in one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals this month.
An official April 2012 release date planned.
The film doesn’t have a US distributor yet as far as I know, though the filmmakers have already sold it to a number of territories – mostly European and Asian.
An official poster for it was just released (see at at the bottom of this post) which does feature Kirby; I also embedded a teaser trailer for the film as well as an interview with Kirby talking about his role in the film (although if you’re interested in the film, I’d recommend heading over to its website HERE where you’ll find several more clips and behind-the-scenes footage).
This looks like it could be good fun!
And here’s Kirby talking about his role in the film:
Here’s the poster: