Rose Byrne who hails from Sydney, has the chameleon-like ability to take on drastically different characters from film to film. With her ethereal beauty, screen presence, and natural talent, Byrne tackled roles in blockbuster and acclaimed films such as “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” “Troy,” ‘Wicker Park,” “Marie-Antoinette” and “Sunshine” stars anew in the apocalyptic thriller 28 Weeks Later.
In 28 Weeks Later, Byrne stars as Scarlet, a military doctor stationed with the American army tasked to quarantine Britain after the outbreak of the rage virus. The movie is a follow up to Danny Boyle’s hugely successful 28 Weeks Later, picks up six months after the rage virus has annihilated the Mainland Britain. The US army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin. As the first wave of refugees return, a family is reunited – but one of them unwittingly the virus which is more dangerous than ever.
Byrne had previously worked with Boyle on ‘Sunshine’ and is more than keen to work with her again. Producer Allon Reich recalls, “Danny Boyle cast her in Sunshine having seen her in Troy. I remember him saying something along the lines of, ‘With all the sort of pyrotechnics and Brad Pitt, and everything else of it, there's such a beautiful woman who walks on and sort of steals every scene,” and that was Rose Byrne.” Macdonald continues, “We thought Rose would be absolutely fantastic for the role [of ‘Scarlet’]. She was brilliant to work with on Sunshine and she can immerse herself in any role. She completely transforms herself into the character the moment the camera turns over. We were very lucky to get her again.”
Byrne talks about ‘Scarlet,’ “My character is a military doctor and she is stationed with the American army as they quarantine Britain. She is very assertive and smart, but she is also a bit of a renegade in terms of defying the army and the codes,” explains Byrne. “I really enjoyed this kind of genre film. I love horror I remember begging my mum for me to rent out Nightmare On Elm Street when it came onto video when I was about 12. I have also always loved Halloween, Fright Night and Friday the 13th.” 28 Weeks Later opens today, May 9 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.