Teen from M’Chigeeng First Nation to star in movie ‘Wild Indian’

Phoenix Wilson

M’CHIGEENG—A young Sudbury actor, who calls M’Chigeeng First Nation home, will star in the film Wild Indian, which is being shot in Oklahoma.

Phoenix Wilson, 14 years of age, was born in Sudbury, but his home community is M’Chigeeng First Nation. He has been in movies, television shows and also featured as a voiceover artist for a CBC Kids cartoon series, ‘Song and Jax Maple Mysteries.’ He was also a recent host for the TVO series, ‘My Home, My Life.’ The young actor has also starred in a music video for the song ‘Suplex’ by the Canadian group A Tribe Called Red.

Despite several attempts, the Recorder was unable to reach Phoenix for comment prior to this week’s press deadline. He left on November 25 for Oklahoma for roughly two weeks for the shooting of ‘Wild Indian.’ He had worked on a Sundance scene for ‘Wild Indian’ in 2017 in Utah, where he shot scenes and orked with director Lyle Mitchell Corbiere. It is also where he got noticed and what led to him preparing for the full film of the same title.  

Phoenix, a Grade 9 student at St. Charles College in Sudbury, told the Sudbury Star in its November 26, 2019 edition, “I’m very, very excited. But I’m also very nervous to go, as well.”

He will play the role of Mkwaa, a young adult in the film.  He shares the role with actor Chaske Spencer, reported the Star. The two have already worked together in the television series ‘Longmire’ for Netflix.

Phoenix has also been featured in shows like ‘Letterkenny,’ ‘Two Lovers and a Bear,’ ‘Maple Mysteries’ and ‘Hard Rock Medical.’