Cairns’ Isabel Lucas takes place among stars
IF Isabel Lucas is judged by the company she keeps, the former Cairns schoolgirl will soon be a Hollywood heavyweight.
Lucas has been cast alongside Oscar-winners Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett in Knight of Cups, the plot of which is secretive even to the actors.
The 27-year-old is in Europe at the moment but will return to the US before the end of June when filming begins.
Her father Andrew Lucas said the opportunity to work under the guidance of revered director Terrence Malick proved the main lure for his daughter.
“Of course Isabel’s excited about working with those three (Portman, Bale and Blanchett) but he’s the big attraction,” Mr Lucas said.
Lucas has not seen the script and Malick, who directed the The Thin Red Line in 1998, has kept a tight lid on the film’s plot.
Movie website IMDb states Knight of Cups is about “A man… in search of love and truth”.
“It’s long been kept under wraps,” Mr Lucas said.
“The plot of the story hasn’t even been explained to the
“He works quite differently to many other directors.”
He said his daughter was thrilled to be able to work with Australian star Blanchett.
“Isabel holds Cate in high regard,” Mr Lucas said.
“She’s just an amazing, capable actress.”
Lucas also stars in thriller Red Dawn alongside Australian Chris Hemsworth and The Loft with James Marsden.
Mr Lucas said his daughter’s rise to international fame was a testament to her dedication to acting.
“Clearly, we’re very pleased,” he said.
“Everyone knows that the American economy has been going through challenges and Hollywood is no exception but thankfully Isabel has been getting a lot of offers.”
A former St Monica’s school student, Lucas was discovered by talent agent Sharron Meissner while shopping at Port Douglas markets in 2003.
She landed a role in Home and Away within months and scored a Logie Award for Most Popular Female Talent a year later.
Since heading to Hollywood in 2008, she has been cast in a string of movies including Transformers 2, Daybreakers and Immortals and TV war series The Pacific.