Lita to appear on 'Dark Angel'

by Phil Speer

We already know that Lita is one of the most dynamic superstars in the World Wrestling Federation, but what would she be like as an actress? We'll soon find out.

The former Federation Women's Champion has been offered, and has accepted, a role on the season finale of "Dark Angel," the hit sci-fi series starring Jessica Alba. It's scheduled to air Friday, May 3, on FOX.

Beginning March 31, Lita will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, filming the episode. It's her first acting role outside of a few commercials.

"I don't know what I'm getting myself into," Lita joked in a telephone interview Friday with "I'm excited to try to do it."

The season finale has already created a buzz in the entertainment industry because it'll be directed by James Cameron, best known for directing one of the most successful movies ever, "Titantic." The film won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Director. It'll be the television-directing debut for Cameron, who is co-creator and executive producer of "Dark Angel."

The script is still being written; Lita is set to play a bad-ass named Thula. Rumor has it that she will be involved in a complex fight scene with a male cast member. It has been said that the scene itself will take about three days to film.

The entire episode will take 10 days, meaning Lita will miss two week's worth of Federation television -- and she'll be missing a historic time in Federation: just after the brand extension.

"Once I get filming, I'll probably be so busy that I won't be thinking about it," Lita said. "But it's kind of strange to think about it now. I'm sure I'll be calling people (at the arenas) and going, 'What's going on?'

"Vancouver seems like a cool city. It's supposed to be the L.A. of Canada. I have two days off when I'm up there so I'm actually excited to explore."

Lita is also scheduled for another acting role. Next Thursday, she'll film a commercial for Stacker 2. She says her only hope is that her Stacker 2 spot can be anywhere near as good as Kane's, which she found hilarious. It's not the first commercial Lita has appeared in; she has already done a few for the new TNN and one for Chef Boyardee.