Aussie rising star Bella Heathcote has not yet found that breakout role to propel her to the next level but she continues to work steadily in Hollywood following her win of the 2010 Heath Ledger Scholarship from Australians in Film. Today Variety reports she has booked her next gig, an untitled romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.
Marc Lawrence wrote the script and will direct the film about Grant’s character, a washed-up, broke and divorced former award-winning screenwriter who is forced to teach a screenwriting class at a small college. He hopes to make some easy money while enjoying the company of impressionable young co-eds (Heathcote will play one of his students) but Tomei’s character, a single mom who goes back to school, catches his attention instead. Filming begins in April.
Heathcote will film this after she completes work on the currently filming Derek Martini’s adaptation of “The Curse of Downer’s Grove”, which co-stars Lucas Till and Kevin Zegers. Her first major Hollywood role came in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”, which paired her with Johnny Depp. She was also seen in David Chase’s coming of age rock n roll tale “Not Fade Away” and still consistently shows up on shortlists for high profile female roles. You gotta believe she’ll land one sooner or later. In the meantime, she’s got her hands full with indies, including drug cartel thriller “The Preppie Connection”, which films this summer.