Victoria Smurfit lands another major Hollywood movie role
She’s already become a star in the US playing Cruella De Vil - now Victoria Smurfit’s lined up her next major movie role.
The actress has landed a lead part in a modern adaptation of Shakepeare’s classic, King Lear. She’ll star opposite Hollywood legend Bruce Dern in a modern comic version of the story, called The Lears.
Last night the actress spoke of her delight at working with the iconic Dern, father of actress Laura.“We’ve just started and it’s great,” she said of filming the movie in the US.
“Believe it or not I am not playing an evil character!” she added, referring to the tough characters for which she is best known.
Described as a “smart, modern day” take on the classic, The Lears will see Dern play the character, who in this version is a successful architect named Davenport Lear.
Victoria will play his secretary and soon to be his wife, in a development that’s causing friction within the family. He decides to call his children to their family retreat to test their love and loyalty.
The actress has enjoyed huge success with the role that’s made her an international star, that of Cruella in global hit fantasy series Once Upon a Time.
Victoria had already established a reputation for playing strong women in roles like Linda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution and movies including About a Boy. But five years ago she moved to Las Angeles, where she is now based, with her young family.
“It was brave, maybe stupid, but I preferred the idea of trying and failing than not trying at all,” she said.She’s been working steadily ever since, mixing TV roles with independent films including the horror, Bait, and the forthcoming comedy/drama, Homecoming.
This week she started work on the Shakespearian modernisation, which also stars Foxcatcher actor Anthony Michael Hall. The movie will film for several weeks around the Malibu area of Los Angeles and will be released in cinemas next year.