Elizabeth Debicki: Her Must-See Roles If You Love The Crown

By Rick Gonzales | 1 month ago

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Elizabeth Debicki has something big waiting in the wings – her portrayal of Diana, the Princess of Wales, in the upcoming conclusion to the hit series The Crown. Now, while The Crown has enjoyed massive critical success for its telling of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Debicki has yet to make her debut on the series. So, as much as we’d love to, we simply can’t include The Crown as part of Giant Freakin Robot’s look at Elizabeth Debicki’s must-see roles. But we will employ our Giant Freakin Movie Score algorithm to movies or TV roles she has given in the past. Check ‘em out.

THE NIGHT MANAGER (2016)

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GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 8.6/10

The Night Manager was a novel written by David John Moore Cornwell, to most known as John le Carré. The novel was turned into an AMC six-part mini-series and starred Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, and Elizabeth Debicki. The story was about a luxury hotel night manager Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who is recruited by Angela Burr (Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international arms dealer Richard Roper (Laurie). Debicki plays Jed Marshall, who is in a relationship with Roper and starts one with Pine. The series did have its share of controversy over the finale’s torture scene in which Roper hands over Jed to his sadistic bodyguard Frisky, who then proceeds to beat her then force her head underwater, all the while she was wearing negligee.

Some fans called it “gratuitous, offensive, and degrading,” which didn’t sit well with the series director and Oscar winner Susanne Bier and Debicki. “I don’t agree with that. Honestly, if I had thought they were right, I would’ve said it,” Bier told The Hollywood Reporter. “You can’t agree with everything, and I think to my taste, there is nothing gratuitous about it. It is horrific.” Debicki chimed in, “Roper is evil,” she said. “He has a strain of evil in him, and for him to treat her like that, for me it’s like the final straw. It doesn’t surprise me that he does that to her, knowing who this human is. And so it never felt like we were being violent for the sake of violence.”

THE TALE (2018)

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GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 8.6/10

This intense drama tells the real-life story of writer/director Jennifer Fox’s childhood sexual abuse and how she came to terms with it much later in life. Laura Dern plays Fox as an adult, who has to deal with an essay she wrote as a 13-year-old, one that her mother finds and presents to her. This causes Fox to go on a voyage of self-discovery in order to cope with the abuse she received at the hands of an older man (Jason Ritter) and his female lover, Mrs. G, played by Elizabeth Debicki. The film was praised for its handling of the very sensitive subject matter and also for the performances across the board.

WIDOWS (2018)

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GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 8.0/10

Widows is a crime thriller that stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Carrie Coon as widows of four men who get killed in a botched getaway attempt after stealing $2 million from a crime boss. With the money blown up along with the men, the widows are forced to come up with the $2 million to pay off their husbands’ debt. So, the widows come up with a plan of their own – steal $5 million from a corrupt politician. Debicki is Alice, one of the widows, whose husband was abusive. She is desperate and on top of being involved in the attempt to steal the money, becomes a sugar baby to help support herself and her child. Widows is a nice crime thriller with a fun little twist at the end.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 (2017)

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GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 8.05/10

Elizabeth Debicki didn’t have a huge role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 but her part is important to get the story rolling. She plays Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign race, one who has hired the Guardians to protect valuable batteries. Rocket decides to steal the batteries, forcing the Guardians on the run and Ayesha to send Sovereigns after them. When they fail, Ayesha then hires Yondu Udonta to go after the Guardians. Ayesha appears again in the movies post-credit scene, setting up future Guardians movies as she is shown creating a new artificial being which she calls Adam, which we are sure everyone knows to be Adam Warlock. Will Debicki return for Guardians 3? Read to the end to find out.

BREATH (2017)

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GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 7.35/10

Breath is a quiet little Australian movie, based on the 2008 novel written by Tim Winton, that starred Simon Baker as Sando (The Mentalist, Land of the Dead), an older surfer who develops a relationship with two teenage boys, challenging them to take on greater, more dangerous risks. Elizabeth Debicki is on hand as Eva, Sando’s wife, who eventually finds comfort with one of the teenage boys. The movie is about friendship had, friendship lost, and challenging oneself to face their fears. This movie was co-written by Baker, who also produced the movie and made his directorial debut with it.

TENET (2020)

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GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 7.35/10

We decided to include Christopher Nolan’s Tenet as the ever-so-unpredictable Giant Freakin Movie score algorithm came up with the same score as Breath. Go figure. Anyway, we won’t even attempt to describe Tenet other than that it involves time manipulation. The movie stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh in a movie which suffered the COVID fate at the box office. Plus, it didn’t get the overwhelming positive reviews Nolan was expecting. Debicki plays Kat Barton, wife to Branagh’s Sator and the rest, well, you have to see it to understand.

WHAT IS ELIZABETH DEBICKI DOING NOW?

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Elizabeth Debicki continues to be a busy lady. She has just wrapped Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway returning to her voice role as Mopsy Rabbit. After that, she back on board for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. returning as Ayesha. Now, it’s not known how big of a part she plays in Vol. 3 but James Gunn himself said he was keen on bringing back Debicki. He told IGN, “I absolutely plan on bringing Elizabeth Debicki back. She’s actually one of my favorite actors I’ve ever worked with. I think on this movie between her, Pom Klementieff who plays Mantis, and Chris Sullivan who plays Taserface, they really were three of the best actors I’ve ever worked with and were all such a joy on this film to deal with that I would love to deal with them again.” So, there’s that. Also, she has The Crown coming in 2022, starring as Princess Diana.


The GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE is calculated using rating averages from Rotten Tomatoes and the Internet Movie Database.

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