VARIETY – Hollywood’s red-hot star Alicia Vikander is in advanced negotiations to topline Wim Wenders’ romantic thriller Submergence opposite James McAvoy.
The film is based on J.M. Ledgard’s eponymous novel which ranked second in New York Magazine’s list of the 10 Best Books of 2013.
Penned by Erin Dignam (The Last Face), Submergence centers on two lovers, immersed in life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles, who find solace in memories of their intense romance the previous Christmas after a chance encounter on a beach on the Atlantic coast. One is enduring captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia while the other is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.
The Swedish-born Vikander currently stars opposite Eddie Redmayne in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl which had a robust bow in the U.S., grossing $185,000 over Thanksgiving weekend, and has earned solid awards buzz since opening at the Venice Film Festival.
The 27-year old Vikander, who has been making some wise career choices, earned critical acclaim with the foreign-language Oscar nominee A Royal Affair as well as Lisa Langseth’s Hotell, before breaking through to international audiences with Ex Machina. She’s also starred in James Kent’s Testament of Youth and Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Her slate of upcoming projects includes the untitled Bourne sequel with Matt Damon.
Cameron Lamb is producing Submergence through Lila 9th Productions, while Paris-based Backup Media is financing. The French company’s credits include the Oscar-winning “Still Alice,” which it also financed.
“Submergence” will start shooting in March in Europe and Africa.
UTA Independent Film Group packaged Submergence and will be representing the U.S. sale.
Wenders’ directing credits include Paris, Texas, The State of Things, Wings of Desire, Buena Vista Social Club, Pina and Salt of the Earth.
Wikander is repped by UTA, Tavistock Wood Management and Laura Munsterhjelm in Sweden.