Pop superstar Taylor Swift has recently been exploring film opportunities behind the camera but she's still got it onscreen, too.
Swift, who won video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards for directing "All Too Well: The Short Film," is part of the stellar ensemble writer/director David O. Russell brought together for his new period mystery comedy "Amsterdam" (streaming on HBO Max).
In the film set in the 1930s, Swift plays Elizabeth Meekins, the daughter of a late Army general (Ed Begley Jr.) who founded the World War I regiment where doctor Burt Berendsen (Christian Bale) and attorney Harold Woodman (John David Washington) met and became best friends. In an exclusive scene unveiled at usatoday.com, Liz thinks her dad's recent death was a bit suspect, and when no one in her family or social circle wants to investigate, she asks Burt, Harold and another veteran, legal associate Milton King (Chris Rock), to take the body, do an autopsy and find out the truth.
But the box the general is in has a bum wheel and the guys have a hard time maneuvering it out of the mortuary. "Please be careful!" Liz begs as they bump into pews.
It's been a busy Hollywood year for Swift, who's also appeared in movies such as "Valentine's Day," "The Giver" and "Cats." In addition to "Amsterdam" (where Swift co-stars alongside Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon and more), she wrote an original song, "Carolina," for the "Where the Crawdads Sing" soundtrack and also is eligible for an Oscar consideration in the live-action short category for "All Too Well."
During a conversation last month at Toronto International Film Festival, Swift – whose new album "Midnights" arrives Oct. 21 – said she wanted to "keep taking baby steps forward" in her filmmaking and would be up for making a feature. "I feel like I would just absolutely love for the right opportunity to arise because I adore telling stories this way. If it were the right thing, it would be such a privilege and an honor."
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Taylor Swift in 'Amsterdam' exclusive scene: See her 1930s style