“Lazer Team,” the first feature film from Internet production company Rooster Teeth, began shooting today in Austin, Texas. The lead cast was also confirmed.
The film follows four idiots who acquire an advanced power suit intended for the Champion of Earth, a warrior trained by the U.S. government to represent humanity in galactic society. The four pieces of the suit lock to their DNA, forcing them to become the heroes humanity needs.
Alan Ritchson, who voiced Raphael in this year’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot and played Gloss in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” will play the Champion of Earth himself.
As for the four leads (the titular Lazer Team), Colton Dunn from “Parks and Recreation” will play Herman, with Rooster Teeth personalities Gavin Free and Michael Jones assuming the roles of Woody and Zach respectively. Burnie Burns — one of the founders of Rooster Teeth and co-writer of the movie — rounds out the team as Hagan.
Alexandria Deberry, from the Disney Channel show “A.N.T. Farm,” will play Mindy, Hagan’s daughter.
“We’re incredibly excited to begin principal photography on ‘Lazer Team’ with such an outstanding cast and crew,” said director Matt Hullum. “We wouldn’t be able to make such a big, crazy sci-fi action comedy like this without the support of every one of our Indiegogo backers. We’re going to do our best to make sure every single dollar ends up on screen.”
Back in July, “Lazer Team” raised more than $2.4 million in crowdfunding, becoming the most funded feature film on Indiegogo. The script was written by Hullum and Burns, alongside Chris Demarais and Josh Flanagan.
With production now underway, “Lazer Team” is set to be released in spring 2015, both digitally and theatrically.