"We thought she was dead!" Eva Green shouts. The sultry 30-year-old French actress, best known as the James Bond-taming Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, has an idea how American audiences will react to seeing her on the big screen for the first time since 2007. Green returns in Cracks, a British indie directed by Ridley Scott's daughter Jordan. Set in the 1930s, it's a racy drama in which she plays a boarding-school teacher who falls headlong for a female student. "They don't make movies like this anymore," she says. "People are too scared. It's very raw and naughty." She'll also make her television debut this month in the Starz mini-series Camelot, as the vampish, villainous half-sister of King Arthur. And her revival will continue next year when she stars opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's reimagining of the gothic sixties soap Dark Shadows. She's anxious about having to play an American for the first time, but at least one part of it appeals to her: "I love an American accent—it can be very sexy."

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