Alicia Vikander has become a hot commodity in Hollywood after turning heads with her brilliant and haunting performance as an android in director Alex Garland’s cerebral sci-fi film Ex Machina. She’ll next appear later this summer in the Guy Ritchie-helmed adaptation of 1960s spy TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, and she has four other movies completely wrapped and in post production.
That list of future projects includes The Danish Girl (where Vikander stars opposite Eddie Redmayne) and The Light Between Oceans, which pairs Vikander alongside Michael Fassbender. And speaking of Fassbender, Vikander has recently been circling the Assassin’s Creed movie adaptation – from Ubisoft’s newly-former motion picture studio – that the X-Men: First Class trilogy actor is both headlining and producing. However, that’s not the only franchise she’s been approached for of late.
Vikander was also previously reported to be circling a lead role in Bourne 5 (the fifth installment in the Jason Bourne franchise) and Deadline has learned that she’s now boarded the project, while having passed on Assassin’s Creed at the same time. She joins returning stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and Julia Stiles as CIA agent Nicky Parson in the Universal film, which is being co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass (who previously called the shots on the second and third Bourne installments).
It recently came to light that Viggo Mortenson has been offered a villain role in Bourne 5, one which would see the actor play an assassin on the hunt for Jason Bourne (who, following the events of Bourne Ultimatum, has gone further below the radar than ever before). Plot details beyond that remain under wraps, though it’s been confirmed that Jeremy Renner won’t reprise the Aaron Cross character from the 2012 installment Bourne Legacy.
It’s unknown at this time whether Vikander will be playing a good or an evil character in Bourne 5, but with the abilities she displayed in Ex Machina – transitioning from warm, disarming, flirtatious and loving, to chillingly calculating and emotionless in a heartbeat – it’s not difficult to imagine her pulling off either (or both) with relative ease. That, coupled with her fluid movement (she’s an ex ballerina, after all) should help her fit right into the world-hopping, highly physical thrills of the Bourne universe.
That’s not to say Vikander wouldn’t have shined in Assassin’s Creed, but with Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard already on board as the video game adaptation’s female lead, perhaps she felt another Bourne movie with Damon and Greengrass would be a better showcase for her talents. Not to mention, the tricky nature of successfully adapting a video game to the screen (especially one with a complex sci-fi element like Assassin’s Creed) arguably makes that project a dicier proposition by comparison.
Bourne 5 opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2016. Assassin’s Creed will reach theaters on December 21st, 2016.