This is Sylvia Hoeks' moment to shine
Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks didn't just come out of nowhere. The 34-year-old hails from a little village in the south of The Netherlands, a long way from America, where she'll make her American film debut in Blade Runner 2049. And what a debut it's going to be — directed by Denis Villeneuve, the sequel to the 1982 dystopian classic also stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford (who'll reprise his role) as well as Jared Leto. Set 30 years after the original, it's already garnered buzz for it's kick-ass goodness.
A brief look at Hoeks' previous work suggests a penchant for working on critics' favourites. She starred opposite Geoffrey Rush in the 2013 film The Best Offer, while 2010 saw her star in the official Dutch entry for best foreign language film at the Oscars, Tirza. For Blade Runner 2049, the former model committed to the role by putting on seven kilograms of muscle, spending her days training with three personal trainers around cardio and martial arts. The polyglot's (she speaks Dutch, German, French, and English) bulking up for the role of lieutenant Luv, who is Jared Leto's right hand man (or woman, of course). Describing the role, Hoeks explains that Luv is someone who "goes after the things she wants". Here's a teaser of what to expect from Blade Runner 2049.
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