Chris Pine (“Star Trek”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) were at several 2015 Sundance Film Festival events promoting their new film “Z for Zachariah” that was big buzz in Park City, Utah, this week. We were fortunate to be invited to the private premiere party hosted by Acura at The Sky Lodge Table One restaurant.
The love triangle in this film is centered around two guys (played by Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor) who compete for the last woman (Margot Robbie) on earth after a major disaster that wipes out most of civilization. During this premiere party, the cast and crew were excited about the audience response. The PR team asked everyeone to give the actors a break from the cameras so they could celebrate, which we of course respected and focused on networking with producers and the cast.
We loved talking to Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was wonderful in “12 Years a Slave”, and Zachary Quinto, who plays the young Spock in “Star Trek” with Chris Pine.
Fortunately, TheWrap posted a Q&A video with the cast at Sundance, and here are some of the highlights from this interview:
Margot Robbie (Ann Burden) – “The character was a couple years younger than myself, we were hoping she’d read as a teenager,….so the biggest thing for me was to try to channel that naivety in a very innocent way. I wanted the character to come across as a little socially awkward with really good intensions, but doesn’t always execute it in the best way, and that frustrates the other characters, thus you have tension.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Loomis) – “Loomis is very wary initially of getting involved in a relationship essentially. A fear of getting into a bad relationship with the last woman on earth. So he approaches the whole kind of dynamic with a great degree of caution…which then falls away over time as they get to know each other…and this real sense of connection begins to develop, which gets completely complicated by the arrival of Caleb (Chris Pine).”
Chris Pine (Caleb) – “Well Craig (Zobel, Director) and I talked about it a lot before, the character would most clearly be the antagonistic in the piece. I was always more interested in playing someone or something a bit more morally murky, and where you don’t really understand or know his intentions…. Then in the duo, you then watch Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) more closely because you don’t really understand what’s happening.”
Along with supporting this film, Acura hosted an Acura Studio, which included KCRW and daily concerts outside at the bottom of Main Street. Many thanks to Acura for a fun Sundance premiere party, and go see this film when it hit theaters.
© Liz H Kelly @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist and Goody Awards Founder