Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 19 April 2015

Hilary Swank's 'exciting character'

Hilary Swank has tended to play real-life individuals on the big screen
Hilary Swank has tended to play real-life individuals on the big screen

Hilary Swank is set to swap harrowing dramas for action with the lead role in Shrapnel.

The Oscar-winning actress is to star as a former military officer, who leads a revolt on Venus in the year 2250, in the big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel, which she will also produce.

Hilary - who scooped Academy Awards for her performances in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby - has been looking for some time for a "strong action" film, according to Variety.

"Shrapnel and specifically the character of Sam offer me the opportunity to dive into an exciting character with many layers and depth that are rarely found in this genre," the actress said.

A director is still being sought for the movie, which Toby Wagstaff is penning.

Radical president Barry Levine boasted about Hilary's involvement, saying: "Hilary came to Radical excited to find a project with a strong female protagonist that could show off her abilities to do action films. With Hilary being an actor's actor, Shrapnel will give a whole new definition to that type of role."

It's a change of role for the star, who tends to play real-life characters such as aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (Amelia), single mum-turned-lawyer Betty Anne Waters (Conviction) and transsexual Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry).

Last seen in horror flick The Resident, her next big-screen outing is in Garry Marshall's ensemble comedy New Year's Eve, alongside Robert De Niro and Jon Bon Jovi.

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