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Carey Mulligan, An Education
Carey Mulligan more than held her own opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard in the hit Broadway production of "The Seagull." Now the British actor is poised to make an equally impressive run on the big screen, with four Mulligan films set for release in 2009.
After a small role in 2005's "Pride & Prejudice," Mulligan was cast as the lead in "An Education," a coming-of-age drama set in 1960s London that will premiere in January's Sundance Film Festival. Mulligan, 23, also has a part in Pierce Brosnan's "The Greatest" (also at Sundance), plays opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brothers" and will turn up alongside Johnny Depp in "Public Enemies."
"Carey is in every scene -- and her development is amazing," Lone Sherfig, the director of "An Education," says of the movie based on a Nick Hornby screenplay. "She is very technical, but she never shows the audience that she knows what the director or writer wants. She has a wide, wide range. And there's a big difference between being right for the part and being able to carry a film."
-- John Horn