Caity Lotz and Toby Stephens Confirmed for THE MACHINE June 25, 2012 Leads cast for high concept sci-fi thriller. Caity Lotz (‘The Pact,’ ‘Death Valley’) and Toby Stephens (‘Die Another Day,’ ‘Vexed’) are confirmed to be playing the leads in the Cardog James-directed ‘The Machine.’ Inspired by Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’ the film has been described as a romantic sci-fi action thriller and is set in the near future and with the world plunged into another cold war, Britain’s Ministry of Defense is on the verge of developing a robotic soldier. This soldier, called The Machine (Lotz), looks and sounds human, but has the strength, speed, and ruthlessness beyond that of any living person. The project is near completion when a bug in the programming, a side effect of it being too close to human coding, causes the prototype to destroy the lab and everyone in its path in spectacularly violent fashion. Undeterred by this setback, lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Stephens) obsessively continues his work on The Machine in secret, away from the prying eyes of those who seek to destroy him. Principal photography kicks off in Cardiff next month with John Giwa-Amu from Red and Black Films producing alongside Jamie Carmichael of Content Films.