Actors Malcolm McDowell, Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”), and Walter Koenig (“Star Trek,” “Babylon 5″) have joined the cast of the steampunk adventure “Cowboys & Engines,” a short film produced by crossover star James Deen and written / directed by Bryn Pryor.
“I am extremely excited to have these amazing actors join the cast of ‘Cowboys & Engines,’” James Deen said. “They are icons, and their participation will add vitality and depth to our movie.”
Malcolm McDowell has made indelible impressions in his career, from his debut as the rebellious student Mick Travis in “if….” to ultra-violent Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” to Caligula to the villainous Dr. Tolian Soran, who kills Captain Kirk in “Star Trek: Generations.” McDowell is one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood.
Cast as the quintessential scoundrel Bester on the beloved television series “Babylon 5” and Pavel Chekov in the original “Star Trek” series and movies, Walter Koenig is a fan-favorite in the sci-fi community.
Richard Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” television series. Hatch was also cast as Tom Zarek in the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot. Like McDowell and Koenig, Hatch is well known in by sci-fi fans and a welcome addition to the cast of “Cowboys & Engines.”
“Cowboys & Engines” is an ambitious steampunk adventure following Cade Ballard (Richard Hatch), the war-weary former ambassador from the nation of Texas, as he meets Guinivere Wheeler (Libby Letlow), a woman who proves to be as dangerous as she is charming. When they encounter Professor Nicholas Timéon (Walter Koenig) and learn that his temporal engine, a machine with incredible destructive power, has been stolen by would-be conqueror Dr. Clay (Malcolm McDowell), Cade and Guinivere set off to save San Francisco from total destruction.
“For several years I have traveled around the country attending and appearing at many mega events and multi-media conventions, and I have discovered that the most popular genre among fans 18 to 49 and the most under served marketplace for the past few years has been Steampunk,” states Richard Hatch. “But what makes ‘Cowboys and Engines’ unique and special beyond its Steampunk credentials is its blend of great characters you can both love and hate.”
Hatch continues, “Its richly layered story by talented director/writer Bryn Pryor ignites the imagination and satisfies our penchant for epic adventure, while evolving the ever popular Jules Vern post apocalyptic retro/futuristic style of storytelling. Our explorations into the future mirror mankind’s earlier sojourn to the West in the 1800s, and so it is that ‘Cowboys and Engines’ marries our love of great Westerns with our passion and love of visionary Sci-fi and our world’s forthcoming journey to the Stars. What a powerful and artistic fusion of two highly loved and respected genres. I’m in and soon, so will be the rest of the world.”
“Cowboys & Engines” has reached its initial $100,000 funding goal through KickStarter.com, a vehicle for emerging artists to finance projects from music to fashion to films. Visitors to KickStarter.com can see thousands of projects in various states of production and elect to donate money to support them to completion. The “Cowboys & Engines” KickStarter website page can be accessed at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1865079920/cowboys-and-engines-a-steampunk-western.
Contributors to “Cowboys & Engines” through KickStarter.com can receive prizes depending on the size of their contribution, including a comic book one-sheet, original props and wardrobe, the opportunity to be an extra in the film, premiere passes, and joining James Deen in a producer credit.
“I’m happy our film has passed the $100,000 mark in contributions, and grateful to those who supported it,” James Deen said. “We hope everybody who wants to participate in this adventure gets their chance in these final five days.”
The “Cowboys & Engines” website, which includes cast bios, production designs, and inside information about the film, can be found at http://CowboysAndEnginesTheMovie.com/.
About James Deen:
As soon as James Deen turned 18, he knew he was destined to have sex with girls on camera. In his early years in the porn industry, peers warned him his skinny body type and boyish looks were not fit for porn, but within a few years Deen excelled to become the top performer in the industry. He is the youngest male to ever earn Male Performer of the Year honors at the AVN, XBIZ, and XRCO awards shows. Deen’s honest passion for all kinds of sex, both on and off camera, is displayed in the array of movies to his credit (over 3000). Whether filming hardcore BDSM or straight gonzo and feature adult films, James is always the most captivating male on screen. In addition to his XXX achievements, he was noted as one of the top 100 Jews in Heeb magazine in 2009, and has been featured on CNBC’s special “Porn: Business of Pleasure,” ABC’s “Nightline,” Good Magazine, The Goodmen Project, GQ Magazine, Rolling Stone, E! Entertainment, TMZ, and many other mainstream media outlets. Though his career has only begun, James Deen appreciates every ounce of the successes he has, exclaiming, “Seriously – I am the luckiest boy alive.” For more information, visit www.JamesDeenBlog.com or www.Twitter.com/JamesDeen.