Hunter's rising star Geraldine Viswanathan scores coveted role alongside Hugh Jackman in Bad Education

Geraldine Viswanathan, pictured bottom left, in Blockers.
Geraldine Viswanathan, pictured bottom left, in Blockers.

HUNTER actress Geraldine Viswanathan has scored a coveted role alongside Hugh Jackman following her breakout performance in the teen comedy Blockers earlier this year.

Variety reports the former Hunter School of Performing Arts student will co-star with Jackman and Allison Janney in the upcoming Automatik film, Bad Education.

The screenplay of the film – due to start production in October – has been compared to the 1999 film, Election, starring Reese Witherspoon, Variety reports.

Viswanathan, who grew up in Whitebridge, delivered some of the most memorable lines as one of three teenage girls on a mission to lose their virginity on prom night in Blockers.

Geraldine Viswanathan.

Geraldine Viswanathan.

The 22-year-old was described as the “undeniable breakout star” of the film.

Since filming Blockers, Viswanathan has starred in a Netflix movie produced by Ben Stiller called Eggplant Emoji, and an indie-drama produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith called Hala.

She recently finished filming a TV series called Miracle Workers, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.

Fred Berger, the producer of La La Land, and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, of Automatik, will produce Bad Education with Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, and Oren Moverman, as well as the film’s writer, Mike Makowsky.