Taylor Swift joins cast of David O. Russell’s next film
LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift has been cast in director David O. Russell’s next film at New Regency.
She joins an A-list ensemble that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek and Zoe Saldana.
Russell, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning movies “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” is directing the film from his own script. It’s his first feature since 2015’s “Joy” with Jennifer Lawrence.
New Regency declined to comment, as did reps for Swift.
The title of the film, as well as plot details, have been kept under wraps. It already completed production, with Disney’s 20th Century Studios releasing the movie on a yet-to-be-determined date.
Swift was especially prolific during the pandemic, churning out two acclaimed albums, “Folklore” and “Evermore,” back to back.
The upcoming project marks her first big screen role since “Cats,” the musical adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running stage show.
In the disastrous screen version (co-starring Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson and Jason Derulo) Swift portrayed the striking and sassy feline named Bombalurina. She also co-wrote the song “Beautiful Ghosts,” one of the few memorable moments of the entire production.
When it comes to selecting film roles, the songstress fancies herself a good ensemble. Swift made her film debut in the 2010 romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day” alongside Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper and Taylor Lautner.
Swift’s other film credits include the dystopian drama “The Giver” and a voice role in the animated Dr. Seuss movie “The Lorax.” In 2020, she was the subject of the documentary “Miss Americana,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and later debuted on Netflix. Showbiz 411 broke the news that Swift had joined Russell’s film. JB
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