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Saturday 18 August 2018

Kerry's career blooms as she lands film role with Orlando

BIG BREAK: Rising Irish star will play Hollywood hunk's wife

IRISH actress Kerry Condon has landed her big break playing the love interest of Hollywood hunk Orlando Bloom.

The English actor, who is married to Victoria's Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr, will play the lead role in the upcoming flick The Laureate, and Tipperary native Condon (27) has signed the dotted line to play his wife.

The film is set in the 1920s and Bloom (34) stars as the controversial poet Robert Graves, with Condon playing his wife Nancy.

And in even better news for Irish movie buffs, the flick is set to be partly shot in Dublin.

Although no Irish locations have been secured yet for the film, movie bosses are reportedly keen to include the capital as a landscape, as well as filming in London.

If the film does set up shop in Dublin, it could offer another aspiring actress the opportunity to work on the star-studded production.

The script sees up-and-coming actress Imogen Potts taking on the role of American student Laura Riding, who moves into the home shared by Bloom and Condon's characters.

Defying the conventions of polite society, Graves lives with the two women in a menage a trois -- but soon tensions and rivalries among the artistic threesome are so fraught that Graves becomes a suspect for attempted murder.

Although Condon might not be a household name just yet, she is already being tipped as one to watch and Variety magazine recently profiled her as a rising star in Hollywood.

Condon got her first break in the BBC series Rome when she was spotted by acclaimed producer JJ Abrams, and she was even rumoured to have a landed a lead role in his upcoming blockbuster Mission Impossible 4.



Sexy

Although filming on The Laureate was originally lined up for this summer, bosses have decided to keep searching until they find the perfect location.

Stewart Hall, President of Media 8 Entertainment, said: "This is a sexy and incredibly compelling true story. The love triangle and the publicity it generated have a very modern feeling to it, and this is a fantastic cast to bring it to life."

cmcbride@herald.ie

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