Actress Marine Lanctuit Steals the Screen and Stage

Actress Marine Lanctuit in "The Book of Days"
                                           Actress Marine Lanctuit in “The Book of Days”

Like many actors, Marine Lanctuit knew she was meant to be on stage from a very young age. Unlike many actors, however, she has put in the time and effort it takes to reach an astonishing level of success in the entertainment industry.

On film, Lanctuit has contributed her talent toward many projects. Some of the most recent productions she has led include: Creed and Lost Angels by writer and director Stan Harrington, Red Poppies, produced and directed by Yaitza Rivera, and Heroines by director Travis Geiger.

During her time on Creed and Lost Angels, Lanctuit was able to deepen her relationship with multi-award winning producer, writer and director Stan Harrington. Harrington is currently known for his management of the Stella Adler Theatre, where actors like Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Harvey Keitel, and Gary Ross all received guidance and instruction early in their careers.

It was at the Stella Adler Theatre where Harrington met Lanctuit, captivated by her diverse abilities as an actress in theatre and on stage. Lanctuit played Isadora in Lost Angels, a story about what a young actress will do to “make it big” in Hollywood: and the peril that can come with this search for fame and fortune.

Red Poppies achieved widespread critical acclaim for it’s depiction of war and the

political, physical and emotional violence it wreaks upon victims. In the film, Lanctuit gripped the emotions of the audience in her portrayal of Margaret Thomas, the cousin of Iris, a victim of a violent assault during wartimes. The 2013 film was nominated for best dialogue by Action on Film International USA.

Lanctuit leads as Aurore in the film Heroines, which tells the harrowing story of a woman being brainwashed by her psychiatrist as he carries out his highly unethical psychological experiments on her – without her knowledge or consent.

When it comes to theatre, Lanctuit is just as qualified as she is on film. In Paris, where she began her career, she starred in a variety of plays, includingThe Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, and The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, “a play with a cult following in France,” Lancuit described.

In the United States, Lanctuit further developed her theatrical abilities in several productions directed by Oscar-winning producer and director Milton Justice. 

Lanctuit expressed that she learned an enormous amount about how to deepen her talent as an actress during her time working with Justice. Considering his long list of accolades, this is not surprising: in addition to winning the Academy Award in 1987 for Best Documentary, Down and Out in America, Justice has produced innumerable titles in television and film.

The plays in which Lanctuit partnered with Justice include: Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Book of Days by Lanford Wilson, and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.

Of these plays, Lanctuit said that her role of Irina in Three Sisters was, “without hesitation,” the favorite of all the roles she’s ever played.

“It’s not with every material that you get to develop a character so much,” she explained in an insider interview. “There are 2 to 3 years between each of the four acts, so you see her evolve from a naïve young girl into a woman.”

During her theatrical career, Lanctuit has also worked closely with award-winning actor, writer, producer and stage director Tim McNeil, best known for his work in the film Forrest Gump. McNeil admired Lanctuit’s talent so much that he cast her for the lead role in two of his plays: Orange Flower Water, and The Odd Couple. Additionally, the film Red Poppies was adapted from McNeil’s script.

Currently, Lanctuit is working on Wandering Stars, directed by James Zsignmond. After wrapping this production, she has already booked film work for the next three years!

Marine Lanctuit has accrued quite an array of accomplishments during her prolific acting career, and there is no end in sight to her extraordinary level of success. We look forward to seeing where this spotlight takes her next.

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