DreamWorks has announced that filming will begin in New Zealand and Australia next month for the long-running 2012 world-of-mouth best seller, The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, (S&S/Scribner; S&S Audio; Thorndike; trade pbk, 2013).
Starring in a role that, according to Deadline had “brightest young actresses … trying for,” is Swedish actress, Alicia Vikander. Just 25 years old, she has already appeared in several book-to-movie adaptations. In 2012, she starred in A Royal Affair, based on the novel by Danish writer Bodil Steensen-Leth and had a supporting role in Anna Karenina. Upcoming, she will appear in Seventh Son, (based on the Joseph Delaney novels, opening in Feb), star as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth, in Tulip Fever, as well as in The Danish Girl.
Also starring in The Light Between Oceans are Michael Fassbender, and Rachel Weisz, directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine).
Other recent movie news, below (check our Books to Movies & TV spreadsheet for a complete listing of upcoming adaptations):
American Sniper – release date set for 12/25/14 – Based on Chris Kyle,’s American Sniper, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 2012), directed by Clint Eastwood, it stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Luke Grimes (it will probably not include the book’s passages about Jesse Ventura)
5th Wave — Maika Monroe to play Ringer — Based on Ricy Yancey’s The 5Th Wave, (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013), directed by J Blakeson, it stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe with Liev Schreiber in negotiations to play the villain. Scheduled for release 1/29/16
Mordecai — Trailer released — Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s darkly comic detective books, the Charlie Mortdecai series, (published in the U.S. as The Mortdecai Trilogy, Overlook, 1991), directed by David Koepp, it stars Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany. Film to be released, 2/6/2015
The Sound and the Fury – To debut at the Venice film festival next month, based on the 1929 classic by William Faulkner, it is directed by James Franco, and stars Franco, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride (no, they’re not playing it as a comedy)