Rose Leslie quickly became a fan favorite on HBO’s Game of Thrones, on which she played the wildling warrior Ygritte beginning in the second season. Now, the Scottish actress is making the jump to lead role status on a major Hollywood film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie is set to star alongside Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter. Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) and produced by Summit Entertainment, The Last Witch Hunter tells the story of a semi-immortal witch hunter (Diesel) on the streets of modern-day Manhattan who is forced to partner up with a female witch (Leslie) in order to stop a witch queen from unleashing a plague into the world.
With a screenplay by Cory Goodman (Priest), The Last Witch Hunter’s script was also worked on by Melisa Wallack, the screenwriter behind Dallas Buyer’s Club. Additionally, the script has been polished by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, both of whom worked on Gods of Egypt and Dracula Untold, along with D.W. Harper. In most cases, the existence of so many writers would be a fairly ominous sign, but Wallack, whose screenplay for Dallas Buyers Club resulted in one of the best films of 2013, gives the film an intriguing layer.