Any Last Words? Questions for the cast of Edge of Extinction featuring Luke Hobson

The post-apocalyptic thriller Edge of Extinction is set fifteen years in the future, and stars Luke Hobson, Georgie Smibert and Chris Kaye. The film will be released across all major On Demand and Download platforms from May 18, with a DVD released later in the year and to celebrate we have an exclusive set of interviews with the cast called Any Last Words?

15 years after a global apocalypse, mankind is on the verge of extinction. Civilisation no longer exists, food is scarce and most eke out a living by stealing and killing. One man clings onto life in his bunker, where staying away from others has been key to his survival. But this self-imposed isolation comes to an abrupt end when he crosses paths with another group of survivors and faces an enemy far more brutal and savage than any of them could have imagined.

Check out the trailer below:

Luke Hobson trained at Rose Bruford, graduating in 2016. He has appeared in various features including Working Titles’ ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ written by Beau Willimon and Directed by Josie Rourke, and ‘The Hidden Track’, based on a Russian bestselling novel by Valentina Nazarova. Other work includes the award winning short ‘Two Sides’ and ‘Miss’. Having grown up in the same area as Andrew Gilbert and Julian Hundy, ‘Edge of Extinction’ is the second time they have worked together.

Below we ask Luke if he has Any Last Words?

1. How did you get into acting?
I did quite a bit of acting when I was younger, but didn’t decide to take it up seriously until college, eventually going to drama school. It was sort of always the plan really. I watched James Bond and had decided that was it, so it was between being a spy or an actor, and the latter seemed far simpler.

2. What was the best bit of filming Edge of Extinction?
The grittiness of the filming and the people. Whenever we were on set, it seemed to either be freezing cold or ridiculously hot. There’s a few scenes with drone footage of me running through various places… It was the hottest day of the year and between takes I had to remove practically all my costume to reset, then redress as soon as we were ready for another take. It was madness!

Andy and Julian did a great job when it came to putting together a cast and crew. I couldn’t have asked to spend my weekends with nicer people, we seemed to click from day one, and when you work with people you’re comfortable with, it’s far easier to make bold choices, which this film really pushed.

3. Who would you want to spend the apocalypse with?
It would have been David Bowie all day, every day, apocalypse or no apocalypse. Now, probably Stephen Fry and I’d ask him to read me Harry Potter until the end.

4. What one thing could you not live without?
I couldn’t live without notepads. I have so many that we have to have dedicated boxes for them. I’m not sure why since 80% of them are empty. But the time has to be right, you know? I guess a pen too.

5. What is your favourite horror film and why?
Halloween, I’ve always been a fan of slashers. I enjoyed the later ones where they tried to give Michael Myers a reason. I was fascinated with the idea of trying to humanise ‘the ultimate evil’ as a kid.

6. What’s next for you?
I’ve got a WW1 short film called ‘Jack’ hopefully doing the festival circuits when everything starts up again. It’s an important story, and takes a different perspective which isn’t often considered when you think of the war, so I’m looking forward to people seeing it.

Edge of Extinction will be released on Digital Download from May 18 here and on DVD later in the year here, both can be pre-ordered now


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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