French actress Eva Green is said to be in talks to play Lady Death in the upcoming American superhero film “Avengers: Infinity War” by Marvel Studios; expected release date May 4, 2018.
Lady Death is basically a femme fatale that supervillain Thanos (if Hulk and Apocalypse had a baby) falls madly in love with, and will destroy universes for her; so I suppose she’s kind of like Helen of Troy, that is, if Helen fell to the dark side of the Force and became a Sith Empress. So saying, Ms. Green would be perfect for that role, given her many experiences playing dark and complicated characters, as will be evident in the following.
Ms. Green rose to international fame in 2006 with her captivating performance as Vesper Lynd, James Bond’s enigmatic love interest in “Casino Royale,” demonstrating early on in her acting career that if she was going to play the girlfriend, it would be a dangerous girlfriend. With that role, she shot to number one on Hollywood’s list of actresses who can play femme fatales. Yours truly became her biggest fan.
In 2011 Ms. Green took on the part of conniving witch Morgan Pendragon in the TV show “Camelot.” Though she wasn’t the central character, many reviewers noted that her presence and talent stole the show. Of note, actress Katie McGrath who plays Morgan Pendragon in “Merlin” (in its fourth season when “Camelot” aired), half-joked in an interview that she didn’t watch “Camelot” because “even on your best day nobody wants to be compared to Eva Green!”
In 2012 Tim Burton cast her opposite Johnny Depp as the vengeful witch, Angelique Bouchard, in his gothic comedy film “Dark Shadows.” While critics felt conflicted about the film’s style (too predictably Tim Burton, decidedly), many praised Ms. Green’s performance as bewitching.
Two years later she played Artemisia, naval commander of the Persian fleet, in “300: Rise of an Empire” a sequel (sort of) to “300.” Though the movie received mixed reviews, all credited Ms. Green for making the film more interesting to watch; one critic going so far as to emphatically declare that Eva Green made the movie “300 times better” than “300.”
In that same year, Ms. Green played another femme fatale, Ava Lord in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” delivering a strong performance that even negative critics had to admit that the scenes where she was in were very good. For instance, one critic wrote that in this highly CGIed film, Eva Green was the “best special effect.”
Indeed, 2014 was a very busy year for Ms. Green. Because on top of her two aforementioned films, she assumed the lead role in the critically acclaimed, psychological thriller TV series “Penny Dreadful,” playing Vanessa Ives, a powerful medium. English musician Seal is a fan of the series; “Eva Green is phenomenal!” Similarly, British actress Jaime Murray, known for taking on femme fatale roles in sci-fi TV shows, is a fan of Eva Green’s performance as Vanessa Ives; “She’s wonderful.”
All of this is to say that if Lady Death in “Avengers: Infinity War” is indeed a femme fatale of galactic proportion, whereby an actress expert at killing glances is required to realize the character on screen, then Eva Green has proven more than once that she is the best candidate in the industry for that role.
I really hope the rumors are true!