First there was the Aussie invasion, now it appears a French invasion is well underway in Hollywood. Marion Cotillard’s star continues to rise after her Oscar win for “La Vie En Rose”, Melanie Laurent broke out in a big way with her revelatory turn in last year’s “Inglourious Basterds” and now a trio of French beauties are set to follow in their footsteps by making their American cinema debut this year.
We already know about Astrid Berges-Frisbey, who will be making a splash opposite Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, and Lea Seydoux, who will star in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and opposite Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”.
Now joining them in making her American debut is Nora Arnezeder, who will be starring as Ryan Reynolds’ love interest Ana Ramos in “Safe House”, according to Latino Review. Reynolds portrays a CIA agent who must protect prisoner/rogue ex-agent Denzel Washington from assasins when their safehouse is hit. It was a highly sought after role that had Reynolds fending off competition from the likes of Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, Chris Pine, Sam Worthington, Garrett Hedlund, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and Jake Gyllenhaal. Phew!
Completely unknown stateside, Arnezeder is pretty well known in Europe thanks to her landing a campaign as the new face of Guerlain’s new fragrance Idylle. She also won Most Promising Newcomer at the 2009 Lumiere Awards, oftentimes referred to as France’s Oscars, for her role as Douce (Sweet) in “Paris 36″, which saw a bit of limited release in the US as well. Laurent won the same award three years prior for her work in “Je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas”. Looks like we’ll be keeping an eye on 2010 winner Pauline Etienne.
“Safe House” is directed by Daniel Espinosa and will be released on Friday, February 10, 2012.