Guy Ritchie came on board almost a year and a half ago, replacing Steven Soderbergh in the director’s chair, and things have been fairly quiet since then. But things have started to progress very nicely in recent weeks, with Tom Cruise first coming on board, swiftly followed by Armie Hammer.
Now Alicia Vikander has begun negotiations to star in the female lead, which is a new creation for Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., not appearing in the original series or its short-lived spin-off. She is set to play a British agent with a passion for cars, with Cruise playing US agent Napoleon Solo and Hammer playing Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin.
Vikander made her English language debut last year with the Oscar-nominated Anna Karenina. And with a slew of very promising projects on her slate for the next year or so, things continue to look good for her.
She’ll soon be seen this autumn in The Seventh Son, alongside Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, and Ben Barnes. And then she’ll be starring in Bill Condon’s Oscar-buzzed WikiLeaks movie, The Fifth Estate, alongside alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, and Stanley Tucci.
And on top of all that, she’s also recently entered negotiations to take the female lead in Alex Garland’s feature directorial debut, Ex Machina, which stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, which would reunite her with her Anna Karenina co-star.
No word yet on when we can expect The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to get underway. But with casting now taking shape nicely, here’s to hoping that filming will be starting before the year’s end. More as we get it.
Source: via THR.