If you hail from the U.S., you may best know British actress Anna Friel best as the female lead in Land of the Lost, though ideally you identify her as Chuck from the precious (but short-lived) Pushing Daisies. Either way, as she has just landed a high profile role in Dark Fields that may supplant both of the aforementioned roles in our collective Yankee consciousness.
According to THR, Friel will join Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Abbie Cornish for the Neil Burger-directed thriller about a “down-and-out writer (Cooper) who gets his hands on a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes one smarter.” Mystery and intrigue with a sci-fi twist ensue. Friel will play the plucky ex-wife of Cooper’s character.
Perhaps you won’t need to wait for Fields to come out to overwrite the memory of Friel: Land of the Lost-Edition. She will next be seen in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger this September and earned a role in London Boulevard, the directorial debut of screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed).