It was just announced that Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is finalizing a deal with Dreamworks to star in an adaptation of the 2012 summer hit, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (S&S/Scribner). Deadline reports it is one of the roles the “brightest young actresses have been trying for.” Michael Fassbender is already set to star, with Derek Cianfrance directing.
She is also being offered another coveted role, to star in The Danish Girl, based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff (Penguin), about one of the first men to have a sex-change operation, and his relationship with his wife. The project has has been in the works for several years, and other actresses having been announced for the role of the wife, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron. At one point, Nicole Kidman was set to play Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, but earlier this year, it was announced that the film would take a different direction, with a male actor, Eddie Redmayne, taking on that role. Filming is expected to begin this fall.
You could do a whole display based on the 25-year-old Alicia Vikander’s book-related projects. In February, she will appear in Seventh Son, based on the first two books in The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. She stars as Vera Brittain in the upcoming Testament of Youth, based on the Brittain’s classic WW I memoir. Currently, she is filming Tulip Fever, based on the novel by Deborah Moggach (who also wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). 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.