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Atwell will soon be a $10m-a-movie star, says director Junger

British actress Hayley Atwell is set to become a household name across the Atlantic, according to the director who helped kick-start the careers of Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.

Gil Junger, who has cast Atwell for his movie 10 Things I Hate About Life after seeing her turn in Captain America, said she was "electric" adding: "She will be a $10m a movie player, she's one of the pre-eminent actresses of her generation."

The London-born actress, who was in The Duchess and TV drama Any Human Heart, will next hit the big screen in The Sweeney with Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis.

Junger directed teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You in 1999 , but stressed 10 Things I Hate About Life was not a sequel, although it "would have the same blend of heart and humour". Shooting starts in November.

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