Rose Byrne to play New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in upcoming film They Are Us

Rose Byrne is about to get political in her latest role.

The Australian actress, 41, has been cast as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in upcoming film They Are Us. 

Fans will see a different side of the Bridesmaids star as she plays the political leader in the wake of the tragic 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings.

Serious role: Rose Byrne is set to play New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in upcoming film They Are Us

Rose rocks a jacquard suit by Macgraw

At the time, Ms Ardern was commended for her response to the two consecutive mass shootings. The terrorist attack was carried out by gunman Brenton Tarrant who killed 51 people. 

Tarrant entered the Al Noor Mosque as Friday prayers were beginning and opened fire before driving to Linwood Mosque on the other side of the city where he continued shooting.

Tarrant, a white supremacist originally from Australia, was arrested a short time later.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on August 27 this year. 

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The film will be directed by New Zealander Andrew Niccol, who has also worked on award-winning films like The Truman Show and Gattaca. 

‘They Are Us is not so much about the attack but the response to the attack…how an unprecedented act of hate was overcome by an outpouring of love and support,’ Andrew told The Hollywood Reporter. 

‘The film addresses our common humanity, which is why I think it will speak to people around the world. It is an example of how we should respond when there’s an attack on our fellow human beings.’ 

The film follows Arden in the wake of the tragic 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings. At the time, Ms Ardern was commended for her response to the two consecutive mass shootings. The terrorist attack was carried out by gunman Brenton Tarrant who killed 51 people

Inspirational leader: Ms Ardern is pictured leaving Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019

Rose, who hails from Balmain in New South Wales, began acting at age 13 before making it big in Hollywood.

In 2014, she starred in the blockbuster movie Neighbours, with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and was announced as the face of Oroton – which went into voluntary administration last year.

She also appeared alongside Oprah Winfrey in the 2017 TV film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Last year she returned to live in Australia with her husband Bobby Cannavale and their two sons, Rocco, five, and Rafa, three.  

The family enjoyed a brief stay in the coastal town of Byron Bay as Bobby filmed his part in the much-anticipated series, Nine Perfect Strangers, produced by Nicole Kidman.

They have since moved to Sydney and are often spotted out and about in the Eastern Suburbs. 

Back home: Last year Rose returned to live in Australia with her husband Bobby Cannavale and their two sons, Rocco, five, and Rafa, three 

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