With piercing eyes, naturally luscious lips, a winning smile, exotic looks and, most of all, tremendous versatility, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander was clearly born to be an international movie star. Her ascent to fame began with 2013 Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair”, where she stood her ground maturely opposite Mads Mikkelsen, and continued with “Anna Karenina”, Vikander’s first English language part.
Then one thing led to another, and the prestigious Hollywood projects started lining up for the young 25-year-old, who’ll co-headline alongside Ewan McGregor crime drama “Son of a Gun” later this year. But that’s just the beginning, as Vikander is signed for half a dozen extra high-profile films due out in theaters over the next couple of years.
There’s “Seventh Son”, Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, now starring Henry Cavill in the lead, Justin Chadwick’s “Tulip Fever”, James Kent’s “Testament of Youth”, plus “The Danish Girl” and “The Light Between Oceans”.
The last two, currently in pre-production, are by far the most reputable of the bunch, although being a part of both may prove problematic for Vikander. She would need to shoot them back-to-back, and even so, it’s unclear if she can squeeze them in her packed schedule.
Directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), “The Danish Girl” already has Eddie Redmayne on board as the male lead, while “The Light Between Oceans”, from “Blue Valentine” helmer Derek Cianfrance, will also star Michael Fassbender. Sound like solid award contenders to me, so if need be, Alicia Vikander is faced with some tough choices.