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MORTAL ENGINES (2018): Hera Hilmar Cast In Lead Role

Hera Hilmar

Hera Hilmar To Play Lead Role In Mortal Engines

Da Vinci’s Demons actress Hera Hilmar is slated to headline Christian Rivers planned adaptation of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines book series.

Best known for her recurring role as Vanessa on the aforementioned Starz series, the Icelandic actress has also appeared in a number of feature films such as 2012’s Anna Karenina and 2013’s The Fifth Estate. Her lead role in the MRC and Universal co-production will be her most high-profile appearance to date and will see her act opposite Fortitude‘s Robbie Sheehan and Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them‘s Ronan Raftery.

Heavily involved with the project is Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy director Peter Jackson, who has been working on adapting the property for the big screen for some time now. He will also serve as a co-writer with his old partner Phillippa Boyens.


Based on the first novel “Mortal Engines”, the film is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy and is the first in a planned series of films based on Philip Reeve’s novels. The series is comprised of four books: “Mortal Engines”, “Predator’s Gold”, “Infernal Devices” and “A Darkling Plain.”

Published in 2001 by Scholastic, Reeve’s “Mortal Engines” books have won several prestigious awards including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Smarties Gold Award and Blue Peter Book of the Year.

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