Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Set in the 1950s in the vivid imagination of a young girl placed at a mental institution by her step-father some time after her mother died, with only her dreams providing the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary.

Sounds pretty amazing but yet when you make a film which is not tied to any boundaries but your imagination the possibilities are limitless. This month our POP of the month story takes a look at the fantasy film Sucker Punch and more importantly gets to know the 5 hotties that star in it a little better.

Sucker Punch first gained attention in March 2007. Snyder put the project aside to work on Watchmen first. The film is co-written with Steve Shibuya, who is the author of the original score that the story is based on. Snyder will also direct and produce with his wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder, through their Cruel and Unusual Films banner. Wesley Coller is executive producing.

Casting

Before casting started in March 2009, Snyder revealed his ideal cast for the feature film. Snyder decided to go with an all-female cast with this film saying that "I already did the all-male cast with 300, so I’m doing the opposite end of the spectrum", contradicting the "no female leads" stance Warner Bros. took in 2007.

Where you've seen these 5 hotties before

Emily Browning as Baby Doll

Emily Browning hails from Austraila and not only does she act, she is also fashion model, known for her role as Violet Baudelaire in the 2004 film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and as Anna Ivers in the 2009 film The Uninvited.

She won the 2005 AFI International Award for Best Actress for her role in A Series of Unfortunate Events. During filming, Browning was terrified of being fired for breaking character to laugh at co-star Jim Carrey's jokes.

Browning played the lead in the 2009 horror film The Uninvited, an American remake of the 2003 South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters. However, citing exhaustion, she then turned down a request to audition for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight, despite an endorsement from series author Stephenie Meyer.

In 2009, she was cast as Baby Doll in Zack Snyder's action film Sucker Punch as a replacement for Amanda Seyfried, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts (She was filming Red Riding Hood). She also sings the track Sweet Dreams (are made of this) on the official Sucker Punch soundtrack

Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea

The other Australian Chic in this film. She began her career in TV in 2001 landing the role of Reggie McDowell, a character on the Australian TV show "Outriders".

In 2004, Cornish appeared in the award-winning short film Everything Goes with Hugo Weaving. She received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in 2004's Somersault, the film which raised her to international prominence.

Jena Malone as Rocket

Actress and musician Jena has been mainly in independent films, and she has acted in theater. She made her cinema debut with the movie Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), and has appeared in films including Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001), Saved! (2004), and Into the Wild (2007).

Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina. She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for this role. From there, her roles have grown to include several Hollywood features. In 1997, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie, for her role in Hope.

After working on various TV projects, and as a supporting actress in films such as Contact and Stepmom, Jena Malone had her first cinematic leading role in the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. She displayed a dry sense of humor as Gretchen Ross, the new girl in town who becomes the girlfriend of Jake Gyllenhaal's title character.

Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie

Vanessa Hudgens is best known for her portrayal of the character Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. She also earned critical acclaim for her role in the 2009 film Bandslam.

As an actress, Hudgens has appeared in several television programs including Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers García, Drake & Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She made her screen debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen as Noel. She got her first starring role in the 2004 science-fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds as Tintin.

Hudgens' debut album V was released on September 26, 2006. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number twenty four, and was later certified Gold. Hudgens released her second album, Identified, on July 1, 2008 in the U.S.

Jamie Chung as Amber

Known to reality television audiences as a cast member on the MTV reality television series, The Real World: San Diego and its spin-off show, Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II, and for her appearances in TV and films, such as I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Sorority Row

Since her stint on The Real World, she has appeared in various television and film roles, including as Cordy Han in ten episodes of Days of our Lives, as a Hooters girl in the 2007 comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and in episodes of CSI: New York and Veronica Mars.

She starred in the ABC mini series Samurai Girl in September 2008. She also had a role in the 2009 feature films Sorority Row and Dragonball Evolution, in the latter as Goku's love interest, Chi Chi, as well as Burning Palms. Chung also stars as Chelsea Barnes in Disney Channel's 2009 TV movie, Princess Protection Program, and as Amber Hilliard in the 2010 film Grown Ups. Chung will appear in the upcoming film Premium Rush, directed by David Koepp.

Training

Prior to filming, the cast had trainings and fight evaluations. Training lasted for 12 weeks. It started June 2009 in Los Angeles and continued through filming. The main girls in the film were told to deadlift up to 210 pounds (95 kg) for their roles.

Damon Caro, the stunt coordinator from 300 and Watchmen, Snyder's previous films was hired for the stunts, training and fight choreography in the movie. The other cast members started training without Hudgens while she was filming other films, including Beastly. Snyder tells that when the girls are fighting, "[like] they're on their way to kill a baby dragon, they've killed all of these orc-like creatures and they're entering a door [and] it's this classic, real Navy SEAL style room clearing.

Abbie Cornish reveals that the rest of them were training, prior to filming, six hours a day, five days a week, and were oriented with martial fighting, swords and choreography. Damon Caro, known for choreographing stunts from films like 300 and the Bourne film series, worked with Snyder again for Sucker Punch as he has previously worked on all of Snyder's past films.

Sucker Punch opens in cinemas 24 March

All photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

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