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Jessica Brown Findlay taking trapeze lessons for new film

Feb 10, 2014 | 9:44am EST

Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay has taken up trapeze lessons in order to prepare for her role in Frankenstein. The actress will play a circus performer in the new film, opposite fellow Brits Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, and she wants to make sure she looks the part on camera. She tells the New York Times, "I'm doing static trapeze, so you climb a rope and do lots of insane things, up very, very high with only one arm or one leg on the bar. When we film it, I'm relying on the fact that there will be a net." Frankenstein, which is based on Mary Shelley's novel of the same name, is set to hit theatres next year (15).

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