‘Mortal Engines’ Featurette Introduces Stephen Lang’s Mo-Cap Mummy Zombie Assassin

/Film | 12/9/2018 | Chris Evangelista
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Mortal Engines comes rumbling into theaters next weekend, bringing with it a cast of futuristic, post-apocalyptic characters. One of those characters is Shrike, a kind of mummy-zombie-assassin played (via mo-cap) by Stephen Lang. A new Mortal Engines featurette introduces you to Shrike – a character writer/producer Peter Jackson calls an “unstoppable force.” Watch the featurette below to learn all about this mummy-zombie-assassin.

I have to say, the marketing for Mortal Engines up until now has really undersold the fact that the film features an undead assassin. Had I been aware of that, I might be a bit more excited. Thankfully, we have this featurette. According to Stephen Lang in this video, his character Shrike has been killing people in horrible, brutal ways for 100 years…but he still has shards of humanity inside the husk of his body.

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When /Film visited the Mortal Engines set last year, Lang talked a bit about his approach to the character, which was inspired by the movements of birds and insects:

“I’d say the real inspiration for the character came from predatory birds. And that starts really with the name, Shrike. As it happens in this particular edition of resurrected man, that year, that model, they were all given bird names. It just struck me as there was a predatory bird quality to him…and all of those wonderful insects that...
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