A few years ago I interviewed Olivia Thirlby on the set of The Wackness. I don't remember much of what we discussed other than Greenwich Village in the '90s, specifically St. Mark's Place, and how upset we both were about Giuliani's white-washing of the city. The thing is, our conversation never went anywhere, because Thirlby at the time wasn't a big enough name to get quoted or spotlighted where Sir Ben Kingsley and former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck would be favored.

By the time The Wackness arrived in theaters, the young actress still wasn't rising as I'd expected. In spite of her supporting appearances in the very popular Juno and the critically popular Snow Angels and the occasional magazine showcase, Thirlby remained an indie staple, yet mainly for films nobody heard about. She appears in the new film Breaking Upwards, which sold out shows this past weekend in NYC, and soon she'll be seen in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret with Matt Damon and Anna Paquin -- but again, she's not either film's lead.

Her recognition and star status could change very soon, however, as Heat Vision reports she's been cast as one of the leads in a sci-fi action movie called The Darkest Hour, to be produced by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) helmed by former art director Chris Gorak (Minority Report). Thirlby will play a "trust fund girl" who joins other Americans visiting Moscow when the city is attacked by aliens. It's not clear how many others will be in this group, which goes on to "defeat the invaders," but whatever the actress' capacity it's certainly the biggest role for her to date.
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