It has been announced that West End actress Samantha Barks has landed a role in a new movie musical.
Barks will star as suffragette Rebecca in the film adaptation of STRIKE! which is based on the 2005 musical of the same name by Danny Schur about the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.
The cast of STRIKE! also includes Alan Doyle and Steven Page. Schur write the screen adaptation alongside Rick Chafe whilst Joseph Novak will direct the movie. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer.
Barks recently won acclaim on the U.S. stage for her performance as the title role in the world premiere of musical Amélie at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Amélie is currently aiming for a Broadway transfer, but no further details or casting have been confirmed.
Best known for finishing as a runner-up on BBC1's I'd Do Anything and starring as Éponine in Tom Hooper's film adaptation of Les Miserables, Barks' theatre credits include: Mallory/Avril in City Of Angels (Donmar), Velma Kelly in Chicago (Hollywood Bowl), Nancy in Oliver! (UK Tour), Éponine in Les Miserables (West End / 25th Anniversary Concert) and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Her upcoming film projects include Bitter Harvest and A Hundred Streets.