Jonathan Stokes On Controlling Your Destiny Even When Captive In Wildcat [Exclusive Interview]

It is interesting to think about what we would do if we were captured and held hostage for information. How quickly would we bend to the fears of torture and just being held captive? Even in a dire situation like that, could we still be in control of our lives? Or are we just at the mercy of our captives? This is a theme that we see in the Saban Films’ feature survival thriller, Wildcat.

In Wildcat writer and director, Jonathan Stokes takes inspiration from real-life stories of people who have been captive. In his director statement, he mentions heroines like Amanda Lindhout and Lynsey Addario. He also takes into account Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankel. This book was written about his experience surviving Auschwitz. While there he discovered that even in the most extreme circumstances, people still have the ability to take responsibility for their lives. Even choose their destinies.

Jonathan Stokes Photo Credit: Saban Films

Here is the synopsis for Wildcat:

An ambitious reporter (Georgina Campbell) stationed in the Middle East is taken captive after a militant group ambushes her convoy. Convinced that the young woman is hiding her true identity, they’ll stop at nothing to extract information crucial to the success of their upcoming terrorist attack. With time running out, she must find a way to survive.

With Wildcat’s release today in theaters, LRM Online spoke with Jonathan Stokes. We talk about what it means for his protagonist  Khadija to be able to take control of her situation despite being held against her will and tortured. Then discuss his antagonist in the film that are humanized and not just you regular mold bad guys. We couldn’t talk about Wildcat without talking about the experience of making a film that takes place all in one room. You can check out the full interview below!


Saban Film’s Wildcat is now in theaters. Then out on Digital and On-Demand on April 27th, 2021.

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