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Liv Tyler takes the lead in Ti West’s The Side Effect

18 January 2012

The Lord of the Rings trilogy hottie Liv Tyler has nabbed the lead role in Ti West's pharmaceutical thriller The Side Effect.

Not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh's The Side Effects, Tyler will take on the role of Catherine Rigby a woman who volunteers to spend several months alone in space as part of an experiment by a massive pharmaceutical company. One day, she awakens to find herself inexplicably pregnant and is soon suffering a major paranoia attack as her attempts to find out the truth behind her seemingly immaculate conception lead to more and more elusive answers.

Deadline reports that Tyler is excited to work with West calling him “a super-talented exciting young filmmaker” and adds about her role "The role of Rigby is a fantastic character within a great thriller and I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into the part."

West is largely known for his entries in the horror genre with the likes of Cabin Fever 2 and Innkeepers he says of Tyler's casting “Although it is still somewhat of a horror film, it is much more psychological than any of my previous efforts. It was essential that I find an actress who could portray a wide range of emotion and always earn the audience’s sympathy no matter what the situation. As soon as I sat down with Liv, it was obvious she was the one.”

West hopes to start shooting in February now that he has his Rigby, but before then he's keeping himself occupied with his entry to anthology film  The ABCs Of Horror as well as appearing at Sundance to support his segment of V/H/S.

As for Tyler she was last seen in Super and will appear in The Ledge and Robot and Frank when they receive UK releases. She is also rumoured to reprise her role in Kristen McKay in the long awaited sequel to The Strangers.

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