Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Craig Owens joins the cast of 'K-11'

Several weeks ago, D.R.U.G.S. lead vocalist Craig Owens announced that he would be canceling several dates on the Vans Warped Tour to take part in an independent film project. Fans all over were either excited to see their favorite vocalist getting some time on the silver screen, or they were livid with the lack of commitment to the current tour the band has been on. Regardless, I think we are all interested in what the movie is all about and the part Craig has to play. So, With some digging, I’ve found some information on the film and Craig’s character. NOTE: UPDATES ARE FOUND ON THE BOTTOM OF THE POST

The film is tentatively called K-11 (Official poster found at the bottom of this article). It is directed and co-written by Jules Mann-Stewart, mother of Twilight star Kristen Stewart. The fan site for the film gives us a short synopsis that reads as such:

When successful record producer Jay Richmond, is jailed for suspicion of murder, he is assigned to the most bizarre unit in all of L.A. county lock up. K-11 houses the dregs of the inmate class – transvestites, transsexuals, and the occasional high profile celebrity – prisoners who wouldn’t be safe anywhere else in the system. Jay’s own incarceration there forces him to endure the alien culture and the dangerous politics of Officer Johnson and cellblock leader Mousie.

Not much has been publicly released on Craig’s roll in the film, I figure this means his role is quite small. From what I’ve gathered, he plays a washed up pop star who inevitably is murdered. I’ve read through the first several pages of the script as I understand it, Craig plays a character named Daniel. If the film stays true to the original script, Craig will be in the first several minutes of the movie and in a few explanatory scenes throughout. Craig has finished his scenes for the movie and is back on Warped Tour now. The film will premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival which opens on February 9, 2012. Under the Gun will be following the film for any more news on Craig Owens’ role.

UPDATE: We incorrectly identified Craig as playing the role of Daniel, when, in fact, he is playing the part of singer/songwriter Ian Sheffield.

Also, an official synopsis of the film has popped up:

Raymond Saxx (Goran Visnjic) has it all: an enviable career, a gorgeous loft, a sleek car, and a beautiful, young wife. He is one of the music industry’s most powerful moguls who can turn an unknown act into a superstar overnight. But all of his money and influence can’t save him from his own demons. His hedonistic lifestyle is fueled by greed and jealousy and amplified by reckless drug use that turns him against his latest creation, singer/songwriter Ian Sheffield (Craig Owens).

When Ray wakes up after a three-day binge, he finds himself in the Los Angeles County lock-up under the gaze of a beautiful young waif named Butterfly (Portia Doubleday) and only a hazy recollection of what may have landed him in jail. Butterfly, a transgender young man, explains to Ray that the “K-11″ stamped on his hand is the unit where they send people who would be in danger if they were mixed in with the main jail population. “I like to think it’s a sanctuary for broken toys,” she says, “a home away from home.”

Thus begins a nightmarish journey of survival for Ray Saxx, who must learn to navigate a new kind of power structure in a world whose “kingpin” is a transsexual viper named Mousey (Kate del Castillo). She maintains a tenuous share hold over K-11 with the brutalizing and corrupt jailer Lieutenant Johnson (D.B. Sweeney). The maddening circumstances in which Ray finds himself trapped in K-11 threaten to unravel him, until he finally gets his footing and realizes that these inmates aren’t crazy.

Time is running out for Ray as snippets of his memory return and hint at the horror that landed him amidst the violence inside the K-11 unit. Ray is forced to decide whether to look out for himself or confront his past, and Lt. Johnson, neither of which he can do without the help of the social misfits and criminals of K-11.

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