Veterans Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons anchor upcoming thriller “The Words,” but the film could mark a breakout in Hollywood for hot, new, French actress Nora Arnezeder.
Arnezeder, 22, has already made a mark in France with a major role in 2008 film “Paris 36,” directed by Christophe Barratier.
The film is set in Paris in 1936 as the left-wing Popular Front government of Léon Blum comes to power, causing upheaval and class conflict on the eve of World War II.
Although only 18 at the time, Arnezeder plays a comely chanteuse called Douce, who is under the thumb of the local gangster.
But through her charm and stunning sexuality, she helps revive the local theater and gives hope to the people who live in the working class suburb as they face hardship and political strife.
Unfortunately, the movie was savaged by the critics. “It’s overstuffed, preening tracking shots take in baguettes, berets and tricolor bunting, accompanied by the incessant squawking of accordions,” wrote A.O. Scott in The New York Times.
Nonetheless, in the film, Nora sings “Loin de Paname,” which was nominated for Best Original Song at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. (Lyrics by Frank Thomas, music by Reinhardt Wagner).
Last year, she landed a role in Hollywood film “Safe House,” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington.
Reynolds plays a CIA agent whose safe house is targeted by a group of bad guys. He must move the criminal who is being hidden there (Washington) to another secure location.
“The Words,” which also stars Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde, began shooting in Montreal last month.
The dramatic thriller follows a writer who, at the peak of his literary success, steals another writer’s work, and ignites a deadly cat and mouse game as the writer seeks his revenge.
Arnezeder was born in Paris to an Austrian father and a mother who is Egyptian-Jewish.
At two, she left Paris with her parents and moved to Aix-en-Provence.
She moved to Bali when she was 14 and returned to Paris after a year, where she studied dancing and singing.