Earlier this month we heard that director, Peter Jackson, had chosen our male leads for his adaption of Mortal Engines, a YA series about cities that roam a dystopian world on wheels. Irish actor, Robert Sheehan, was confirmed as lead character, Tom Natsworthy, while Ronan Raftery is expected to take on a supporting role.
Now Jackson has confirmed his female lead for the first film of what will hopefully expand into a franchise. Hera Hilmar, who you might know from a small role in Da Vinci’s Demons, is relatively unknown. But that’s unlikely to remain the case for long.
Jackson has launched the careers of actors like Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, Andy Serkis and Orlando Bloom. He seems to have a knack for spotting talent, so we can expect to hear Miss Hilmar’s name in the future.
Hilmar takes on the character of Hester Shaw, a mysterious ‘Anti Tractionist’ who changes Tom Natsworthy’s entire life when they collide.
Mortal Engines is the first of four books in the award winning series by Philip Reeves. It was a global success and has the potential to produce an extremely successful film series. With YA series’ underperforming, it’s imperative Jackson does a good job.
But then, it’s Peter Jackson. What else can we expect?