Alicia Vikander, for those unaware, is a Swedish actor who had done fine supporting work in films like Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and The Fifth Estate, before she popped up on many filmgoers’ radar with her turn as the artificial intelligence being known as Ava, in this year’s acclaimed sci-fi drama/thriller Ex Machina. It’s a breakout role of sorts for Vikander, even though she was on her way to becoming a bigger name even before Alex Garland’s directorial debut hit the scene.
Vikander will play the female lead in Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this summer, and shall appear onscreen later this year opposite Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in the already buzzed-about biopic, The Danish Girl. She was recently reported to have reached a deal to share the screen with Tom Hanks in The Circle (based on the David Eggers novel of the same name), but now it sounds as though Vikander is going to step away from that project for one, possibly two, different franchise tentpoles slated to arrive in 2016.
Deadline is reporting that Vikander in talks for not just a role in Assassin’s Creed – based on the Ubisoft video game property of the same name – but also Bourne 5, a.k.a. the next Jason Bourne installment featuring Matt Damon as the eponymous former blacks ops agent. It’s not clear yet if Vikander will be able to work out the scheduling issues that would prevent her from working on both projects (since she’s up for a key role in each one), but Deadline‘s report says that in all likelihood she’ll at least end up dropping out from The Circle.
Bourne 5 will be directed by Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, based on a script that Greengrass is co-writing with Damon and Greengrass’ frequent editor, Oscar-winner Christopher Rouse. The return of Greengrass and Damon to the Bourne franchise has many hopeful that Bourne 5 will be a return to form after the somewhat disappointing Bourne Legacy (which starred Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross). Greengrass’ previous Bourne movies also included a worthwhile supporting role for Joan Allen (as Pam Landy), so they might have an equally solid female lead role for Vikander to play in Bourne 5, too.
Assassins’s Creed, meanwhile, is going to be the first film from Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and a reunion for the triumvirate of stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, plus director Justin Kurzel. The trio worked together on Macbeth, a Shakespeare adaptation that premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2015 to good reviews. That bodes well for their efforts on the adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular sci-fi game series, as does Kurel’s experience in the historical drama/epic genre. Vikander also worked with Fassbender recently on the upcoming The Light Between Oceans.
We’ll let you know which of these projects Vikander ends up signing on for, as she’s expected to close a deal on at least one of these genre motion pictures (if not both of them).
Bourne 5 opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2016. Assassin’s Creed arrives in theaters on December 21st, 2016.
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