Stargate SG-1 star
Michael Shanks told SCI FI Wire that he plays space adventurer Adam Wade
in Sumuru, a low-budget film based on Sax Rohmer's novel series. "Way off
into the future, my character lands on a planet and expects to find the
last remnants of Earth's civilization," Shanks said in an interview. "But
he finds that, almost in a Planet of the Apes kind of way, the culture
has completely rearranged itself."
Women are the dominant gender,
while men work in the planet's mines and are used to propagate the species.
"It's sort of that Amazon Women on the Moon concept, with action and whatnot,"
Shanks said. "So the character becomes, hopefully, the voice of the audience."
Shanks filmed Sumuru during
his time away from Stargate and considered the job "a paid vacation" in
South Africa. "We don't take ourselves too seriously, because we know that
this is sketchy material at best," he said.
Sumuru will likely air this
fall on German television, as a German station partially financed the film,
Shanks said. The producers will then shop the film to distributors in the
United States and abroad.