Tuesday 12 December 2017

Irish star Ruth Negga lands sci-fi role alongside Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones

Ruth Negga (PA)
Ruth Negga (PA)

Ruth Negga's career is going stellar in the wake of her Oscar nomination as she has landed a role in a new space movie alongside Brad Pitt.

The former Love/Hate star (35) has signed up to James Gray's upcoming sci-fi epic Ad Astra, which co-stars Tommy Lee Jones.

The movie sees Pitt (53) taking on the role of a space engineer named Roy McBride, who heads out into the solar system 20 years after his father (Jones) disappeared on a one-way mission to Neptune in a bid to find signs of life.

The new big-budget production will see Pitt trying to piece together what happened to him and filming is set to start shortly.

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The exact details of Negga's role in the movie are yet to be revealed but this is not the first time she has worked with the Hollywood heart-throb.

She previously worked with him while playing a scientist in another sci-fi flick, the zombie movie World War Z.

The Irish-Ethiopian actress, who received an Oscar nod for her acclaimed role in Loving, has been tipped as one to watch in Hollywood over the past year and was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine.

She is currently working on ABC's Preacher, in which she plays Tulip O'Hare and co-stars with her real-life boyfriend Dominic Cooper.

The pair, who first met in 2009 when they starred in Ted Hughes's Phedre together, have been dating for the past seven years but generally prefer to conduct their relationship out of the public gaze. However, she recently spoke about the ticking of her biological clock when it comes to the issue of whether or not to start a family.

"By the time you're in a great relationship, it's like, 'Oh, I'm 35. S**t'. So there is part of your thinking that is: 'Do I want kids? When? If? How?'.

"It's there, all the time, preoccupying me. And that's not being an actor, it's being a woman.

"I don't know what [job] really creates a safe space for a woman to have time out, prolong the human race, and return to work in a very supportive way."

The Trinity College graduate, whose mum is Irish and late dad was Ethiopian, has been very selective when it comes to the movie roles she chooses.

Over the past 10 years, she has steadily built up an impressive body of work, going for the edgier roles rather than the predictable parts.

Speaking of her role in Preacher, which airs on Amazon Prime and is based on a comic book series, she said she relished the role.

"She is a fiery, feisty creature who is quite a fighter and I really love her," she said.

"These parts for women are usually very cliched - like a sexy assassin - and she corrupts that image and turns the idea of the Femme Nikita on its head. It's very interesting to play."

She has been quite slow in looking at new movie roles since winning the Oscar nomination, she recently said. It was important for her to figure out first what she wanted to do next in her career and consider it carefully before taking on the next project, she said.

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