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Tilda Swinton To Play Phosphorescent Cat In Lynn Hershman Leeson's New Film

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | /Bent May 14, 2014 at 10:54AM

If you thought her roles as a centuries old vampire in "Only Lovers Left Alive" and a 90 year old aristocrat in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were impressive stretches, just wait for Tilda Swinton's next role.
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Swinton in Hershman Leeson's "Teknolust"
Swinton in Hershman Leeson's "Teknolust"

If you thought her roles as a centuries old vampire in "Only Lovers Left Alive" and a 90 year old aristocrat in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were impressive stretches, just wait for Tilda Swinton's next one.

Swinton is attached to star in "The Infinity Engine," her fourth collaboration with director Lynn Hershman Leeson. Swinton will play a cat in the film.  But not just any cat.  She'll play a rebel talking cat that glows because she has genetic code from a jellyfish.  The cat is on a search for freedom, enlightenment, and humane humans in the halls of a biotechnology company (the character is based on the famous glowing cat designed to study feline immunodeficiency virus and, as a result HIV/AIDS).

"The Infinity Engine" joins "Conceiving Ada" and "Teknolust" (above) as the third in the trilogy Hershman Leeson and Swinton have made about women and technology.  The two also worked together on "Strange Culture."

The film's synopsis is as follows: 

'The Infinity Engine' follows one woman as she works with a phosphorescent talking cat to uncover the present state of biotechnological research--from genetic modification to 3D printing--and its consequences for all of humanity. The film is an emotionally charged thriller that forces us to ask the questions:  Who will have the power to make the decisions that define the future of life?  Who will benefit from these technologies?

Lisa Cortés ("Precious," "The Woodsman," "Shadowboxer"), of Cortés Films is currently at the Cannes Film Market with the film.