RISING talent Sophie Cookson will be starring with Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom and Oscar winner Judi Dench in two prestigious upcoming productions.
The 27-year-old actress, who grew up near Haywards Heath and starred as Roxy in the Kingsman movies, joins Hollywood star Bloom on stage in the West End revival of gut-twisting thriller Killer Joe in a limited 13-week season from May 18 until August 18 at Trafalgar Studio 1.
The production, which is directed by Simon Evans, is a black comedy written by playwright and actor Tracy Letts, who played Senator Andrew Lockhart in the third series of Homeland.
It follows the Smith family who plot to murder a wealthy matriarch and claim her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a detective who doubles up as a part-time hitman, to go through with the job, but the plan takes a turn when Killer Joe, played by Bloom, meets the family’s innocent daughter, Dottie, played by Sophie Cookson.
She has played Roxy in the two Kingsman movies, The Secret Service in 2014 and last year in The Golden Circle, alongside Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong.
Above: Sophie Cookson as Roxy in 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle/picture courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Below: Judi Dench in the 2017 film Victoria & Abdul with Ali Fazal
It was revealed last month that she had been cast in Killer Joe, which also stars Adam Gillen, best known as Liam in ITV’s Benidorm, Neve McIntosh, who appeared in the BBC1 drama The Replacement, and Welsh actor Steffan Rhodri, Gavin & Stacey’s Dave Coaches.
Last seen in the West End in 1995, when it ran at the Vaudeville Theatre directed by Wilson Milam, Killer Joe was later adapted by Letts for cinema in 2012, starring Matthew McConaughey.
“It’s the perfect time to be bringing this play back to London, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of it,” says Bloom, who is well known for his roles as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit movies and as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
This year, Sophie will also be starring with acting legend Judi Dench in the British film Red Joan, the story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving spy.
In a picturesque village in England, Joan, portrayed by Judi Dench, lives in contented retirement. Suddenly, her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past: she is one of the most influential spies in living history…
The story begins at Cambridge University in the 1930s, when the young Joan, played by Sophie Cookson, a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo. Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy.
Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace?
Directed by Trevor Nunn, Red Joan, which currently has no release date and is in pre-production, also stars Tom Hughes, who played Prince Albert in ITV drama Victoria, Stephen Campbell Moore, who has appeared in the movies The Lady in the Van and Goodbye Christopher Robin, and Ben Miles, who played Peter Townsend in the Netflix drama The Crown.
Killer Joe will run at Trafalgar Studios 1 from 18 May 18-August 18. Age 16+. Phone 0844 871 7632 or visit trafalgarentertainment.com/shows/killer-joe/.