After breaking out with the first season of Ryan Murphy’s hit horror anthology series American Horror Story, actress Taissa Farmiga has booked two new feature roles. Variety reports that Farmiga has signed on to join Sofia Coppola’s true crime story The Bling Ring. Written by Coppola, the film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan. Yesterday we reported that Harry Potter star Emma Watson is set for a leading role in the ensemble, and now it appears Farmiga will be joining her.
Additionally, Farmiga has landed a leading role in the drama Jamesy Boy. The film tells the story of a young suburban street gang member who gets sent to a maximum-security prison and strikes up an unlikely friendship with a convicted murderer. Farmiga will play the main character’s love interest with a supporting cast that includes Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames, and James Woods. Farmiga is the younger sister of actress Vera, and I found her work to be quite impressive on American Horror Story. Given the show’s anthology nature, Farmiga isn’t expected to return for its second season this fall. She’ll shoot Jamesy Boy first before moving on to Bling Ring, and I think both roles are smart choices for the young actress.