Lily Collins Is Lit

The Actor Shines in Les Miz, Tolkien, and more

Zac Efron and Lily Collins star in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

BY: Claire Connors

Tis the season of Lily Collins, it seems. The 30-year-old British/American actor is appearing in so many projects in 2019, it’s hard to keep up. Here are just a few of her newest endeavors.

Les Misérables on BBC

Collins is currently appearing in the BBC production of Les Misérables, playing the doomed Fantine. Co-starring Oscar winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Dominic West (The Affair), and David Oyelowo (Selma), the mini-series is getting raves for its timely rendition of Victor Hugo‘s classic tale of Jean Valjean’s flight from the tenacious Inspector Javert.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile on Netflix.

We’ve been following the progress of the Zac Efron starrer, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, ever since it debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. On the heels of Netflix‘s amazing documentary, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which is also directed by Extremely Wicked helmer, Joe Berlinger, the anticipation for the feature film has been high. It follows the Bundy killing spree, while he carries on a seemingly normal life with his girlfriend, Liz Kendall, played by Collins. Although the film didn’t get great reviews at the festival, Netflix, sensing a true crime trend here, has grabbed the rights and will be showing it in the next few months.

You can check out the excellent documentary Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix now, while we wait for the feature film to arrive.


In Collins’ next project, Tolkien, she has the enviable position of working with our “favourite” actor, Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite), who plays The Lord of the Rings creator, J.R.R. Tolkien. She plays Edith Bratt, the wife and muse of the novelist and the inspiration for his characters Arwen Evenstar and Lúthien Tinúviel. Hoult has already taken on the rather daunting role as another famous author—J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye—so we’re pretty sure he’ll live up to his part playing one of the most important writers in the 20th Century. And with Collins at his side, this romantic bio-drama will undoubtedly be a must-see when it opens on May 10th.