Though they may seem like an odd combination on paper, science fiction has often found itself mixed with musical theater in many different fashions. The first thing that comes to my mind is Joss Whedon’s ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’, but ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fans are probably thinking of ‘Once More, With Feeling’ right about now. Let’s not forget that ‘Futurama’ and ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ had musical episodes as well. And there are many notable stage musicals that have quite the following as well such as ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Repo! The Genetic Opera’, and Team Starkid’s ‘Starship.’ But now we can count a brand new sci-fi musical among them as ‘Bang Bang Baby’ debuts at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Written and directed by Cannes Festival Resident Jeffrey St. Jules, this film starring ‘Evil Dead’ star Jane Levy, future ‘Arrow’ villain Peter Stormare, and Justin Chatwin of ‘Shameless’ and ‘War of the Worlds’ is described as an “otherworldly musical” about a small town girl who dreams of stardom, but is held back by her controlling father. Things start looking her way when rock star Bobby Shore gets stranded in town. However, a mysterious purple mist might prove to be just as problematic as an overprotective parent.
‘Bang Bang Baby’ makes it’s world premiere on September 8th, but before the crowds in Canada get to lay their eyes on it, we have the first trailer for the film right here. It definitely has a similar vibe to John Waters’ ‘Cry Baby’, which most definitely is not a bad thing, as well as some classic sci-fi films from the 1950s, but you can see for yourself in the video below, which is followed by the synopsis of the movie directly from TIFF:
In the fictional Canadian town of Lonely Arms in 1963, sweet and prim high-schooler Stepphy (Jane Levy) devotedly cares for her alcoholic father (Peter Stormare), tends to his auto-service shop, and, like most girls her age, adores heartthrob singer Bobby Shore. Having long dreamt of getting out of Lonely Arms and making it in the music biz, Stepphy seems one step closer when she is accepted into the American Ingénue Singing Competition in Manhattan — until her father refuses to allow her to go. Miserable, her dreams dashed, and forced to fend off the advances of Fabian (David Reale), the creepy proprietor of the local Purple Mist plant — which has recently sprung a mysterious and ominous leak — Stepphy seems stuck in her go-nowhere town for good… until none other than Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) himself rolls into Lonely Arms with a car that needs repair.
What do you think of this first look at ‘Bang Bang Baby’? Are you hoping for the film to breakout from the festival circuit and come to your town sooner rather than later? Let us know in the comment section.