With many thanks to Lindsey, I’ve added high quality scans of Alicia in the January 2015 issue of Total Film.
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Alicia is featured in the latest issue (December) of Vogue US. I love this new photoshoot! I’ve added HQ scans in our gallery.
EMPIRE – While we wait for Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman to power up for big-screen outings, a different kind of heroine is making her way into our cinemas. She may not have a gold lasso or Kree powers, but Testament Of Youth’s real-life heroine, Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander), had guts, determination and a single-mindedness to make the best of her gifts as a writer. If you could fly, too, she’d be a cinch for the Avengers.
The film’s new trailer provides a deeper context to her arc: the preconceptions of what a woman should and shouldn’t do in Edwardian society are the battleground she must negotiate before war comes and brings the real thing.
Playing the young poet, diarist and nurse is Vikander, while Kit Harington plays her fiancé Roland Leighton. As the Great War rumbles over the horizon, she must confront the ever-increasing uncertainty of her own life and the lives of her nearest and dearest. They all don the King’s khaki and march off to war. She does likewise in the uniform of a front-line nurse.
A star on the rise, Vikander also has Ex_Machina, Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the Tom Stoppard-penned Tulip Fever on the horizon. This one has former documentarian James Kent behind the camera, promising to marry a documentary aesthetic with the more impressionistic style of Jane Campion and others.
“There’s a poetic underworld that Jane Campion uses, nature and metaphor, and I love that,” Kent tells Empire, “and I think documentaries like Restrepo and Armadillo [are also references], because I’m a big documentary watcher. The marriage between poetry and raw material is what I was looking for.”
With Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson in support, Testament Of Youth will be making its UK bow from January 16, 2015. Pick up the January issue of Empire – onsale on November 27 – for a full on-set report.
Congratulations to Alicia for her best actress nomination for ‘Testament of Youth’! You can find the full list of nominees for the 17th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards here. The 2014 award winners will be announced on December 7.
Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth
Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy
FLICKS AND BITS – Ahead of the release of film’s first trailer, this poster has arrived online for Alex Garland’s directorial debut ‘Ex Machina.’ The film is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.
Writer-director Alex Garland previously penned ’28 Days Later,’ ‘Dredd,’ and ‘Sunshine.’ Universal releases ‘Ex Machina’ on January 23rd in the UK. Expect word on a US release shortly.
FRANCHISE HERALD – The upcoming fantasy film “The Seventh Son” movie release date has been delayed again as distributor changes from Warner Bros. to Universal Studios. The cast talks about filming the movie in an interview.
“The Seventh Son” is an adaptation of a young adult novel titled “The Spook’s Apprentice” written by Joseph Delaney. The synopsis according to Amazon states, “A wonderful and terrifying series by a new writer about a young boy training to be an exorcist. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to be the local Spook. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn now to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the Country, the horror begins…”
Thomas Ward is portrayed by Ben Barnes known as Caspian in “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and as Dorian Gray in the self-titled movie. He is joined by legendary actor Jeff Bridges who plays John Gregory, the Spook, as well as award-winning actress Julianne Moore who portrays the evil Mother Malkin. Other cast members include Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Kit Harrington (“Game of Thrones”), and Djimon Hounsou who plays original character Rady.
Jeff Bridges talks about the movie during Comic-Con: “I’m a big fan of myth and mythology, and I saw this as a chance to make a modern-day myth. It also talks about good and evil. My idea is that good and evil are really different sides of the same coin.”
Kit Harrington shares his experience working with big names like Bridges and Moore: “I wanted to do this film ’cause I got to work exclusively with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, which is something I really wanted to do when I found out the casting. It was a really exciting, action-packed role. It was a lot of fun.”
Originally, “The Seventh Son” movie release date was set on February 22, 2013, but was pushed back to October due to production issues. As Legendary Pictures separated from Warner Bros., the rights to distribution also shifted to Universal Studies. This resulted to “The Seventh Son” movie release date to be set the following year, January 17, 2014. However due to Universal Studios scheduling, “The Seventh Son” movie release date is currently set further away, with a February 6, 2015 release date.
FLICK AND BITS – Making its World Premiere tomorrow (October 14th) at the BFI London Film Festival, ‘Testament of Youth’ is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance. The film is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, a story that has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. ‘Testament of Youth’ is led by Alicia Vinkander as Vera Brittain, and the stellar cast also includes the likes of Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
Set for January 16th, 2015, ‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. Award-winning writer Juliette Towhidi adapted the screenplay. Tickets are still available for public screenings on the 14th and 16th of October at the London Film Festival.
First of all, how did you come to be cast as Vera Brittain?
Alicia Vikander: I attended the premiere of ‘Anna Karenina’ two years ago and my agent, a friend and I were all talking about what scripts we had read recently when he told me about a book called ‘Testament Of Youth’ being made into a film. He said it was one of the most amazing roles for a young woman out there. Initially the timing was wrong on both sides but when I heard last autumn that it was all systems go to get made, I immediately got a hold of a copy and read it.
I was already in love with the script and had read the book and so did all I could to be a part of it. When I met Rosie Alison and James Kent and the other creative people involved that’s the point when I knew how much I wanted to play this part. I need to meet the people that want to create the project and feel the whole aura and energy around it. Rosie and James were so passionate and wonderful that I knew I wanted to be a part of it.