DEADLINE – BREAKING: DreamWorks has firmed a September start date in New Zealand and Australia on The Light Between Oceans, with Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz starring and Derek Cianfrance directing his scripted adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel. Heyday Films’ David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford are producing.
Pic takes place on a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a 2-month-old infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating.
SUPERHEROHYPE – Warner Bros. Pictures has shifted the release of their upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Originally set for release on January 16, 2015, the film will now arrive seven months later on August 14.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
Also starring Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant and Luca Calvani, the film is directed by Guy Ritchie from a script he co-wrote with Lionel Wigram.
The new date puts The Man From U.N.C.L.E. up against Jared Hess’ untitled armored car project and the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.
INDIEWIRE – Evidently skipping the fall film festival circuit and premiering in Australia later this month, the new Aussie crime drama “Son Of A Gun” is nonetheless on the way. The feature-length debut of award-winning short writer/director Julius Avery, ‘Son Of A Gun’ stars Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites.
New posters and photos of the movie surfaced late last night, revealing a heist picture focusing on a career criminal’s (a beardy McGregor) complicated relationship with his protegé (Thwaites). Here’s an IMDB synopsis, the contents of which is largely verified on the Cinefest Oz Film Festival site:
Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR (Thwaites) quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch (McGregor). But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.
A24 has North American rights to the ‘Son Of A Gun,’ but if the film doesn’t turn up at the Toronto Film Festival as expected, it’s probably safe to assume a 2015 release.
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is a searing story of love and war. Based on the classic First World War memoir, this is the incredible true story of one young woman’s struggle to survive the horrors of war, which robbed her of everyone and everything she held dear, but was ultimately unable to break her extraordinary spirit.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her fiancé, her brother and their closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.
Hey guys! Alicia Vikander Source has a new look (both main site and gallery), featuring one of my favorite photoshoots from 2013. I hope you will like this new version! I still have many stuff to add in our gallery so stay tuned. You can also follow us on twitter @AVikanderCom. Enjoy!
VARIETY – Australian heist thriller “Son of a Gun,” which stars Ewan McGregor, has sold extensively following its Cannes market premiere. Altitude Film Sales has inked deals across Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.
European sales include Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), France (TF1), Greece and Cyprus (Seven/Spentzos), Portugal (Pris), and Spain (Flins & Piniculas).
Other European sales include Romania and Hungary (Prorom), CIS (All Media), Poland (Kino Swiat), and Yugoslavia (Cinemania/Discovery). Svensk will distribute across Scandinavia and Iceland.
California Filmes has taken the film for South and Central America, and Gulf Film for the Middle East.
Deals for South Asia include Japan (Kadokawa), Indonesia (PT Prima), South Korea (Korea Screen), and Thailand (Mono Group).
Previously announced deals include U.K. (Koch Media), German-speaking Europe (Ascot Elite), Australian and New Zealand (Hopscotch Entertainment One), and Penny Black Media for airlines.
In Cannes, UTA Independent Film Group closed deals on behalf of the filmmakers with A24 for the U.S., and Mongrel Media for Canada.
Julius Avery’s debut feature, which is based on his original screenplay, stars McGregor alongside rising stars Brenton Thwaites and Alicia Vikander in a tautly-paced heist thriller, centered on a complex relationship between Australia’s public enemy number one (McGregor) and his young protege (Thwaites).
Pic is produced by Timothy White through Southern Light Films, with Janelle Landers of WBMC co-producing. Aaron L. Gilbert of Media House Capital serves as executive producer, along with John Collee, Bryce Menzies, Michael Spiccia, James Dean, Richard East and Aidan O’Bryan. The feature was financed by Media House Capital with production investment from Screen Australia, Daydream Productions, Deluxe Australia, Kojo, Screen NSW and ScreenWest.
According to the Daily Mail, Alicia has joined the cast of ‘Adam Jones’ alongside Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. Unfortunately, we do not have more information about this new project concerning Alicia, her name is just mentioned.
DAILY MAIL – Yum, yum! Culinary fever has hit the movies. Ovens are hot!
Sienna Miller will play a sous chef in the new Bradley Cooper film Adam Jones.
Cooper plays the title character: a genius cook who returns to London after a period away from the kitchen, detoxifying.
Now he wants a third Michelin star, and assembles an A-list line-up to help him.
Many of the actors spent a day with Marcus Wareing at his two Michelin-starred Marcus restaurant at the Berkeley in Knightsbridge, to prepare for their roles.
Sienna practised her chopping skills, and watched how Wareing and his colleagues worked their magic with food. (The actress has been busy: she’s been shooting another film, Black Mass, with Johnny Depp, in which she has to age from 28 to 76.)
Adam Jones, which has a script by Steven Knight, will start filming soon, in and around London.
Director John Wells and his casting team, with help no doubt from producer Harvey Weinstein, have gathered a cast that includes Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scamarcio (Italy’s answer to Brad Pitt), Lily James, Jamie Dornan and Alicia Vikander.
Cooper told me about Adam Jones (then titled Chef) two years ago. In the meantime, Jon Favreau made his own foodie movie, also called Chef, which has developed a cult following.
Then there’s The 100-Foot Journey, an enormously charming tale of rival restaurateurs in France, starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, which will open on September 5 (it also features Manish Dayal and Charlotte LeBon).
Why are these movies so popular? Oscar-winning Helen summed it up succinctly. ‘We all like to eat.
DAILY MAIL – Alicia Vikander went through the names of the young men featured in the classic book Testament Of Youth.
‘They all went to war,’ she said, ‘and never came back.’
Vera Brittain wrote Testament Of Youth as a story of remembrance of her brother, her fiance, and their friends (who became her friends), who were killed and maimed in the trenches during World War I.
Vikander, a Swedish-born, 25-year-old former ballet dancer, portrays Vera in the movie based
on the book.
‘Her father did not want her to be educated to the level of her brother Edward,’ Alicia told me, as we sat in an anteroom at the old Terry’s chocolate factory in York, which had been used for filming the hospital ward scenes.
‘But she was determined. Her brother introduced her to all his school friends, and later she watched them go off to fight, and saw an entire generation wiped out.’
Alicia explained that when director James Kent and the picture’s producers, Rosie Alison and David Heyman, offered her the part of Vera in the BBC Film, she spoke to her own father about it, and he told her she would regret it if she turned it down.
DEADLINE – Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is getting two roles that all the brightest young actresses have been trying for. She is closing a deal to star with Michael Fassbender in the Derek Cianfrance-directed adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel The Light Between Oceans for DreamWorks. At the same time, I hear that she is the choice of The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to star opposite his Les Miserables guy Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl for Working Title. Her reps are right now working out the details so that Vikander can go from one film right into the other starting in the fall.
Vikander is the latest thesp in a wave of Scandinavian talent to break on these shores. Raised in Stockholm, Vikander began as a dancer before turning to acting. She’s gorgeous, but she is no overnight discovery; she has earned her way to this place. Her breakout roles were the Foreign Language Oscar-nominated Nikolaj Arcel-directed A Royal Affair, and co-starring in Anna Karenina, another Working Title production. Upcoming, Vikander stars opposite Ewan McGregor in Son Of A Gun, and is currently starring alongside Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz in the Justin Chadwick-directed 17th century love story Tulip Fever. She also stars in Testament Of Youth for BBC Films, which just wrapped, and opposite Oscar Isaac in the Alex Garland-directed Ex Machina and in the studio films The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Seventh Son.
The Light Between Oceans is the story of a lighthouse keeper on a remote island in Australia who with his wife rescues a baby they find in a rowboat and raise it as their own. David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford are producing. The Lucinda Coxon-scripted adaptation of the David Ebershoff novel The Danish Girl is inspired by the story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his wife, and the love they shared even as he became the first man to undergo a sex change operation in 1931. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Hooper, Anne Harrison, Gail Mutrux, and Linda Reisman.
Vikander is repped in the U.S. by UTA. She’s also agented by Actors in Scandinavia’s Laura Munsterhjelm, and managed by Angharad Wood at Tavistock Wood.
THE FILM STAGE – With it being under two years since her break-out roles in A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina, Alicia Vikander is putting her rising star status to good use, with no less than six forthcoming films to her name. She has the major studio films (The Seventh Son, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), the romantic drama (Tulip Fever), the promising sci-fi drama (Ex Machina), the intriguing crime indie (Son of a Gun), and today brings a look at her WWI biographical drama, Testament of Youth.
Seen above in the first still, Vikander plays Vera Brittain, a young Englishwoman who not only experienced World War I from the nurse’s perspective, but also chronicled those trials in her seminal memoir. Coming from director James Kent, the cast also includes Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, and Anna Chancellor, and as we await a release date, one can check out the synopsis below.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures, rediscovers love and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.
Testament of Youth is expected to be released next year.