After bit parts in some summer blockbusters, including a minor turn in Clash of the Titans as a very editorial-looking Medusa, the Russian supe has just landed her first leading role in the upcoming flick Belle du Seigneur.

This is no flashy action pic or dodgy erotic thriller, but full-fledged cinema. The film, directed by Glenio Bonder, is based on the classic 1967 novel and stars Jonathan Rhys Myers, who, perhaps for the first time in his acting career, will be matched up with a leading lady who’s prettier than he is.

Expect a steamy love affair and lots of political intrigue. With her luck, Natalia will be a natural.