In Hollywood, a good actress is usually defined by awards and/or more work. In the case of Abbie Cornish, it’s the latter. Variety reports that the Australian actress has landed two roles — one in Neil Burger’s The Dark Fields; the other in W.E., Madonna‘s new directing vehicle.

Cornish will star alongside Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Dark Fields a feature based on the novel of the same name by Alan Glynn. The story revolves around Cooper, who will play a down-and-out writer experimenting with MTD-48 (a drug). In W.E., Cornish will play a troubled woman who is obsessed with royalty. The film will focus on the life of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (Vera Farmiga).

I’m not quite sure how the story will play out, but I’m sensing a Julie & Julia vibe, where two time periods will collide. Many say Madonna’s first film Filth and Wisdom wasn’t as good as her day job, but for her second attempt she’s lined up a pretty good cast. For Cornish, both roles sound promising.

Last year, the actress starred in Bright Star alongside Ben Wishaw (one of today’s great young actors). She received several nominations for her performance as Fanny Brawne, but nothing too fancy (all of the attention went to Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe). Cornish also made the controversial cover of Vanity Fair’s 2010 Hollywood Issue, so it’s safe to say that she’s going places. Good for her!

What do you think of Cornish’s latest roles?