Jodie Comer reveals how X Factor's Cheryl inspired 28 Years Later role

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Jodie Comer has revealed that a former judge from The X Factor inspired her role in 28 Years Later.

The star, best known for her role as Villanelle in Killing Eve, was announced alongside Jack O’Connell, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ralph Fiennes and the returning Cillian Murphy for the film, which serves as a sequel to both 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later.

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With Comer now fully preparing for her role, the star revealed to Elle that she had a unique inspiration for her part, citing former X Factor judge and Girls Aloud member Cheryl as an influence when attempting to nail a dialect.

“I’m excited to get the first day done. Danny [Boyle] just seems like such a confident, intuitive and intelligent director,” she said of the new film. “The original was so loved, so I’m trying not to think of that too hard. I’m not putting too much expectation on myself.”

Comer, who will soon be seen on the big screen in The Bikeriders, had previously spoken about the upcoming project, which sees Boyle and writer Alex Garland team up for the first instalment of an intended trilogy.

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“Having met Danny [Boyle], he's incredibly sure and confident and innovative,” he said. “As an actor to be on a set with someone like that who's leading the charge is so exciting. I remember seeing 28 Days Later and I was so struck with how it was so rooted in reality.

“It was more about the exploration of us as a species and our behaviour and how we react. It felt like there was a lot of emotional truth within the film that really anchored it. That's also what I felt when I read this script.”

There is no release date for 28 Years Later.

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