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Starring role in science fiction flick becomes real deal for Antonia

IT LOOKS like Irish actress Antonia Campbell Hughes will have to get her thinking cap on after landing a role in a new science fiction film.

The Derry-born star will join the cast for new thriller DxM, which is being sold this week at the Cannes Film Festival.

It is a new challenge for the 31-year-old, who starred last year in romantic comedy Kelly + Victor and took on a gritty role in 3096 Days as Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch.

She also had a part in Irish-shot film Albert Nobbs.

DxM, which also stars Sam Neill and Tom Payne, is due to start filming this summer. The much-talked-about movie has already been pre-sold at Cannes.

Campbell Hughes may have to hit the books in order to school up on the script for the thriller about a group of young bio-engineers who get caught up in the world of quantum mechanics.

The group quickly realises that quantum theory can be used to transfer motor skills from one brain to another, but dark forces soon emerge, trying to take over the technology and turn it into a means of mass control.

OUTSTANDING

It has been a successful year for the slender blonde, who is busy with projects both at home and abroad.

Kelly + Victor took home the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at this year’s BAFTAs.

And she is concentrating on creating her own work after teaming up with Alexandra McGuinness, the daughter of former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, to write a movie script.

Campbell Hughes is planning to team up with Kelly + Victor director Kieran Evans in the coming months, and has seen a number of projects hit cinemas, including The Canal, which has impressed in Cannes.

She also shot thriller Hinterland with Amber star Eva Birthistle last year.

The hard-working actress recently spoke about her desire to return to her comedy roots.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to that genre,” she said. “It’s exciting for me - I took a long sabbatical from comedy.

“There is a lot more black comedy being made these days, with more narrative”.

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