Relative newcomer Hera Hilmar is now joining Peter Jackson's adaptation of the Philip Reeve's book series.
Hera Hilmar is a name you'd be forgiven for not being overly familiar with. She's best known for her role as Varya in 2012's Anna Karenina and as Eik in 2014's Life in a Fish Bowl. The Icelandic actor is a pretty fresh face to Hollywood in general, so it'll be nice to get some new female talent for this young adult series adaptation. We don't know who she's cast as at the moment, but we are told that is it is in a leading role.
Some outlets have pointed towards the possibility of Hilmar playing Hester Shaw, a scarred and vengeful young woman who pulls main character Tom into the adventure and is very much the book's female lead; she is a strong, capable, and complex character with a certain amount of moral ambiguity to her. If she is playing that role, expect her to look a little different - Hester's large facial scar is described as horrific in the books. However, Mortal Engines also contains another possible role; Katherine, a member of London's upper class who begins to suspect that her father and the city's government are up to something.
This casting news comes in just days after we reported that Robert Sheehan and Ronan Raftery have joined Mortal Engines in leading roles. So it looks like we're starting to get a good idea of all our leading cast for the film.
To recap: Mortal Engines is the first book in a quartet, set on a dying, irradiated Earth thousands of years into the future, where cities travel across the blasted landscape on massive caterpillar tracks, hunting and eating each other in order to survive. The tale starts with Tom Natsworthy aboard London, where an encounter with a scarred young woman, the aforementioned Hester Shaw, out for revenge against a leading London explorer plunges main character Tom Natsworthy into the dangerous outside world.
Mortal Engines is set to begin production soon in New Zealand and will arrive in cinemas on the scheduled date of 14th December 2018.