Victoria Smurfit lands role in ‘Lears’

She has already become a star in the US playing Cruella De Vil. Now Victoria Smurfit has lined up her next major movie role.

Victoria Smurfit lands role in ‘Lears’

The actress has landed a lead part in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, King Lear. She will star opposite Hollywood legend Bruce Dern in a modern comic version of the story, called The Lears.

The actress has spoken of her delight at working with the iconic Dern, father of actress Laura.

“We’ve just started and it’s great,” she said from 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 play, The Lears will see Dern play the main 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 is 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 of Cruella in global hit fantasy series Once Upon a Time. She had already established a reputation for playing strong women in roles such as Linda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution and movies including About a Boy.

Five years ago, she moved to Los 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 forthcoming comedy/drama, Homecoming.

The Lears also stars Foxcatcher actor Anthony Michael Hall. The movie will film for several weeks around Malibu, Los Angeles, and will be released in 2017.

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