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EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Breakout Elizabeth Olsen Lands Next Role

The 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' actress will co-star with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver in the Rodrigo Cortes-directed thriller 'Red Lights.'

Elizabeth Olsen

Coming off of rave reviews for her Sundance debut in Martha Marcy May Marlene, actress Elizabeth Olsen has chosen her next project: Buried director Rodrigo Cortes' Red Lights.

Olsen joins the previously cast Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy in what she describes as a “thriller about paranormal activity.” A psychology junkie, Olsen sparked to the project after “reading script after script after script.”

“Robert plays a world renowned psychic and Sigourney is a psychology professor, and I play her student,” says Olsen. “Cillian Murphy is my love interest, though that’s not a huge part of the story.” READ: Elizabeth Olsen Q & A.

The Gersh-repped Olsen, who is currently studying psychology at New York University, will take another break from school to shoot the film, which is currently in pre-production and is being funded primarily by investors in Cortes’ native Spain. The Barcelona-based Versus Entertainment also produced Buried.

“I’m so lucky that school is always there for me when I take these little breaks,” says Olsen, who also appears in the Sundance premiere Silent House.  “But my education is always a priority."