It’s been a good year for Teresa Palmer. Earlier this year, she proved to be one of the most alluring characters to be wandering around in Terence Malick‘s visionary Knight of Cups, playing a stripper who seduces and travels along with Christian Bale‘s troubled screenwriter to Las Vegas. It’s the best work the young actress has done yet, though she proved equally endearing in John Hillcoat‘s enveloping yet problematic Triple 9, where she played the wife of good-cop Casey Affleck as he chased after a gang of high-end bank robbers. She also appeared in The Choice, the latest melodramatic tale of tortured romance to be spurred from the work of Nicholas Sparks. And mind you, she’s got another three or four films coming out by the end of this year, at least one of which has the chance of Oscar attention.
While on the red carpet for this year’s CinemaCon, Palmer stopped to talk with Collider’s own Steve Weintraub about two of those projects, specifically Lights Out, the highly anticipated horror film from producer James Wan, and Hacksaw Ridge, the long awaited and frankly unlikely new directorial effort from Mel Gibson. On the former picture, which was expanded to a feature from writer-director David F. Sandberg‘s celebrated short, Palmer discussed why she liked the finished product more than the script that she originally received, and pointed out one scene that she found particularly memorable, if only because the shot – involving a tattoo-parlor neon sign – took so long to get right. After that, she switched gears to talk about Hacksaw Ridge, which she suggested might be the best film she’s worked on yet, before she went onto praise the performance of her co-star, the surpassingly talented Andrew Garfield. She was so enamored with his performance that she even inferred that he’s a lock for an Oscar win which, to be fair, he’s been long overdue for.
Lights Out will hit theaters nationwide on July 22nd, whereas Hacksaw Ridge is currently scheduled to see release sometime this Fall/Winter, in the middle of Oscar season.