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English actress Vanessa Kirby got a double dose of love from the Venice Film Festival. She stars in two films picked for this year’s Venice competition lineup, which organizers unveiled Tuesday morning.
Best known for portraying Princess Margaret alongside Claire Foy’s Queen Elizabeth in the first two seasons of Netflix hit drama The Crown, a role for which she earned a BAFTA best supporting actress TV award and an Emmy nomination, Kirby has become one of the U.K.’s top emerging stars.
Major Hollywood appearances have included Mission: Impossible – Fallout, in which she played a deadly arms dealer alongside Tom Cruise, and last year’s Fast & Furious spin-off Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, in which she portrayed an MI6 agent. She is due to reprise her Mission: Impossible role in the seventh installment, which had been shooting in Europe prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic and is now set for release in November 2021.
Kirby’s Venice movies are director Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come and Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman.
The World to Come, which also stars Casey Affleck, Katherine Waterston and Christopher Abbott, is about two neighboring couples battling the hardship of life on the frontier in 19th century America.
Pieces of a Woman is the story of a woman embarks on an emotional journey after the loss of her baby. The film also stars Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Burstyn.