Cressida Bonas is headed to the silver screen as reportedly the 25-year-old Brit recently got her first role in a Hollywood movie. The socialite will appear in a film called “Tulip Fever,” where she will play a merchant’s wife named Mrs. Steen.
The movie is based on Deborah Moggach’s 1999 best-selling novel, and tells a story of a married woman and her illicit affair with a drunken artist who wad been commissioned to paint her portrait. The script is written by Tom Stoppard of “Shakespeare in Love” fame.
The period romance, set in 17th century Amsterdam, will co-star Dama Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, and surprisingly, Zach Galifianakis. However, Bonas is not the only acting newcomer to join the cast—the Weinstein production has also chosen Victoria’s Secret model Cara Delevingne to play a model.
“[The film] will be the 10th film we’ve collaborated on with my friend Dame Judi Dench, whom I consider one of the most talented actresses of our time,” producer Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.
“It’s a thrill to have her, Matthew, Cara and Cressida joining the fantastic cast that’s been assembled,” he added.
Speaking to The Evening Standard, an insider said, “It’s so clever. They’ve cast actual models like Cara [Delevingne] and Daisy [Lowe] to play the artists’ models and for the part of the society lady they’ve cast Prince Harry’s ex.”
Bonas is the daughter of 1960s society beauty, Lady Mary Gaye Curzon and her third husband, Old Harrovian businessman Jeffrey Bonas. She’s graduate from dance school Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is said to be focused on her acting career.
Cressida studied drama and dance at Leeds University, and last week debuted in “There’s a Monster in the Lake” at the Hay Festival. Among other roles, this alleged descendent of King Charles II played Desdemona in “Othello” while she was attending Leeds University.
“Acting, dancing and singing is something I have done my whole life,” she told The Sunday Times earlier this month. “Being part of a creative team is the best thing in the world and I feel very happy within a creative environment.”
The move is a big step for Cressida, as friends made it clear at the time of her break-up with the fourth in line to the throne that she was more interested in having the freedom to create her own career, rather than adhering to the strict structures and regulations of royal life, says Entertainment Wise.
Meanwhile, her redheaded ex-boyfriend has moved on and is “out to have fun not that he’s single,” reports Vanity Fair. The magazine added that “he wants to meet a girl and he is definitely a bachelor.”
According to a source familiar with the situation, “he was hopeful of getting back together, but it’s not going to happen.” Adding, “He was sad, but he’s dusted himself off and is now moving on. He’s on the lookout for a new girlfriend already.”