LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Dutch actress Lydia Muijen stars in director Han Rhyu's upcoming feature film debut "Chances" which is currently shooting in the Death Valley desert and Las Vegas.
Rhyu directed, wrote and produced the film and says it will be finished in December. He plans to submit it for the Cannes International Film Festival to premiere in May 2013.
"Chances" is about a young, love struck couple in Nevada who find themselves in a troublesome situation when their pasts are revealed through a mistaken online identity.
"This film kind of makes you aware that every single decision you make has consequences for the rest of your life," Muijen said.
Rhyu has previously worked with renowned French director Jean-Jacques Beneix and Canadian Director David Cronenberg. Rhyu's critically acclaimed "777" was shown at the Short Film Corner at Cannes and was distributed worldwide through Shorts TV International.
In "Chances" Muijen plays Lilly, opposite Hunter Fite, who previously acted in "The Rosary and the Gun" and "777." Fite plays Lilly's boyfriend.
"She wants to hold onto what she loves, but she's also aware that she can't," said Muijen. "I think everybody has a Lilly inside them."
The character required Muijen to master a complex dialect. She called industry colleague Ty Mitchell ("True Grit") to get advice on mastering the new accent.
"I changed into a different character so quickly," she said. "That was quite a challenge."
Rhyu said, "Ultimately when she came on board, we kind of created her character and added different dimensions to the character. The role of the character had to be believable for someone born and raised in rural America. I think that definitely adds to the project."
Muijen is known for acting in "Holy Rollers" which premiered at Sundance in 2010 and starred Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha. She acted as a martial artist in "DisOrientation" alongside Richard Moll and Maria Olsen.
Muijen has also acted in theater productions such as West of Broadway's "Judgment at Nuremberg" starring Katherine Ross, Drake Hogestyn and Andy Hirsch.
She's acting in "Desert Island" Nov. 3 and 4 at Hollywood's Stella Adler Theater.
SOURCE: Lydia Muijen