Death Proof's Zoe Bell Secures First Action Film Lead Role!

August 16, 2007
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Zoe Bell

If you saw Grindhouse than you'll immediately know who Zoe Bell is - she was the one with the New Zealand accent who rode on the hood of the car in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. Zoe is a stuntwoman-turned-actress who took us all by surprise in Death Proof and was a delight on-screen. She's just secured her first action film lead role in an untitled film being made by Marco Weber's Senator Entertainment (they've worked on Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Grudge, and Lords of Dogtown).

Zoe will play a US soldier adrift after returning home from a tour of duty in Iraq who decides to help a young girl in trouble. The project is based on an original idea from Marco Weber, who also will produce, and screenwriter Sarah Thorpe (Twisted). Zoe commented on taking on this project.

"This film is a big challenge for me, especially the American accent, which I have to work on," New Zealand native Bell said. "But one thing is certain: I will be doing all my own stunts on the film."

As for how much and what action exactly there will be, that is yet unknown. All I can say is I hope they know that by putting her in she's there more for the awesome stunts and action than she is for delivering a commanding performance, although maybe she can do both!

I'm sure there are others out there who will agree with me in saying that Zoe was one of the more charming and entertaining actresses in Death Proof and it's certainly incredible to see her career progressing. I can't wait to see what she does in this film as well as anything else she works with Tarantino on.

Zoe Bell

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I thought her acting in Deathproof was one of the bad things about that part of the film. Her delivery was very unnatural. Shes a stuntwoman for a reason...cant act.

Heckle0 on Aug 16, 2007


You really thought her acting was that bad?? I mean, I didn't dwell on it too much cause I was mesmerized by how badass yet sexy she was riding on the hood of that car - that was amazing! I'm not saying she's Oscar worthy, but seeing someone do so many crazy stunts with such a finesse while also still acting as... herself... is pretty damn cool!

Alex Billington on Aug 16, 2007


Go Girl!!!! You rock..... Zoe was awesome to work with on Xena and she is even more dam awesome for making it big in the States... Im jealous.....But im sooooooo proud... We love ya mate and miss you over here in the mighty Auckland, New Zealand.....

Karen Thompson on Aug 27, 2007


Hey cool, I love this chick! And hey check it out, a review of the version of Death Proof that's on DVD is out on Cool!

Adrian on Sep 8, 2007


how Zoë can keep herself on the hood of the car?, know there is no place for a cable because the car is in movement....

helena on Mar 13, 2008


zoe the best dam movie i seen in years you are old school stunts no BS video blue or green back ground for you good job be safe big fan ...........troy slc ut .

troy gulley on Mar 24, 2008


What a twist that for once a stunt woman is actually going all the way in a film and playing a pivotal role... Whilst watching the film 'Death Proof' I put 2 & 2 together and figured that was what Tarantino had done and trust him to go that step further and actually do it. Brilliant I think!!! Go Zoe and for anyone who says she can't act... Who the hell cares anyway!?! She can stay on a bonnet, coach the other actors and look hot all at once!!! Personally, I think it’s a brilliant new angle to the car chase and it doesn't surprise me one bit that it took a New Zealander to be 'extreme' enough to do it!!! Ride on Zoe and kudos to Tarantino (as per usual) for his film making insights and this innovative approach to stunt action.

Kelly Gardner on May 9, 2008


Very Sexy Lady..need I say more!!! : P

Jay on Sep 3, 2010

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