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Lawless Lands Raunchy Role In Camp Caper

Sunday Star Times

26 February 2006


26 February 2006

Kiwi actress and gay icon Lucy Lawless is preparing to star in a raunchy and "high camp" film set in New York.

Insiders say the script for Welcome to the Pleasure Dome is the hottest seen in New Zealand for some time. Set in a nightclub, the sexy and edgy storyline delves into issues of betrayal.

It is understood money for the project is still being sought.

Lawless's publicist, Mike Liotta of True Public Relations in Los Angeles, said the Xena star's new television commitments would not affect the film project.

It was announced this month that Lawless would join the permanent cast of Battlestar Galactica on America's Sci Fi channel. She reprises her guest role as investigative journalist D'Anna Biers for 10 episodes in the series' third season, which begins production in Vancouver in April. Her second guest appearance on the show aired last week.

Lawless said she modelled the Fleet News Service character on one of CNN's most-often seen reporters, Christiane Amanpour, because she wanted the performance to be "visually annoying".

The series is executive produced by Ronald D Moore and David Eick, who was instrumental in casting the former Aucklander as Xena: Warrior Princess.

That role propelled her to international fame and made her a poster girl for lesbians worldwide.

Lawless returned to New Zealand last month to promote her World Vision documentary Five Days in Bangladesh.