This 35-year-old Algerian hip-hop dancer, Sofia Boutella, broke into movies with 2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service, in which she played Gazelle, an amputee assassin whose feet have been replaced with deadly blades. She followed that up in 2016 with a major role in Star Trek Beyond as Jaylah, an alien scavenger. In 2017, however, she would get noticed for two extremely different roles in two very different action films. In The Mummy she plays the title role, a resurrected Egyptian Princess who menaces Tom Cruise. In Atomic Blonde she is Delphine Lasalle, a French secret agent who has a lesbian affair with Lorraine Broughton, the MI6 agent played by Charlize Theron. The juxtaposition of the two performances—evil supernatural monster and sympathetic seductress—is what really made Boutella stand out as an actress to be reckoned with.
In 2018, Boutella will play Clarisse, opposite Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag, in an HBO TV movie of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. This casting implies a loose adaptation since, in Bradbury's novel, Clarisse is a teenager, whereas Boutella is actually older than Jordan. She also has a major role in the sci-fi thriller Hotel Artemis, about which few details have been released. Sofia Boutella's roles continue to trend toward the unusual, so it will be that much more interesting to see what the future holds.