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Alicia Vikander Joins 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' As The Female Lead Opposite Tom Cruise

by Edward Davis
May 8, 2013 6:59 PM
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Alicia Vikander

Weren’t we just saying the pretty and talented Swedish actress Alicia Vikander was on the rise and would soon be leaving the period-piece ghetto? Frankly, we’ve had our eye on the actress for a while. We called her one of the actresses to watch in early 2012 and she’s fulfilled her promise with excellent turns in “A Royal Affair” and “Anna Karenina.” She can act and it hasn't gone unnoticed. She was up for the lead role in “Cinderella,” and while she didn’t land the part, she’s scored another plum role, the lead role in Warner Bros.' “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the cast boasts a guy named Tom Cruise and another up and coming sidekick extraordinaire Armie Hammer, playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, respectively. An adaptation of the ‘60s spy show, ‘U.N.C.L.E’ almost came to be last year in an iteration that had George Clooney as the lead, Steven Soderbergh in the director’s chair and a script written by Scott Z. Burns. When Clooney’s back problems prevented him from taking the lead in the action-heavy Burns draft, Soderbergh spent the entire fall of 2011 trying to figure out casting options for WB, but, frustrated, he eventually left.

THR says Vikander will play a British agent with an affinity for automobiles. It’s not a character from the TV series nor the short-lived spin-off, “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,” but there was a female lead in Burns' draft (inspired by this very show; WB are apparently not using his screenplay). A name like Emily Blunt was thrown around a lot for that version, so we wonder if the female part is an element they lifted from his script. No word on when shooting begins, but we assume WB aims to put this one in theaters sometime in 2014.

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  • Susan | May 9, 2013 7:24 AMReply

    Maybe he will mentor her in a fatherly way. (Sure!). I'm happy for Alice Vikander, but the casting for this film is so "off" that it is mystifying. Clooney with Soderbergh directing? Absolutely; that would have been interesting. But this sounds like something to miss. Cruise has simply done too many similar roles, and it would be nice to see someone different for this old classic.

  • No | May 8, 2013 9:44 PMReply

    Had George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh acted and directed, respectively, I would have gone to see the remake of the TV show I watched as a young 'un, but with Cruise? Don't get me wrong, Cruise can act when he's challenged, but I'm just not interested in watching him in as man from UNCLE. I'll wait until it come out on DVD or streamed.

  • A Guy Named Joe | May 9, 2013 7:12 AM

    Casting Cruise as a spy is about as creative and exciting as casting Katherine Heigl as a romantic comedy lead.

  • Andre | May 8, 2013 9:16 PMReply

    Will she romance Cruise? Because it would be extremely weird to see him pairing someone almost 30 years younger than him.

  • Henson | May 14, 2013 9:51 PM

    Alicia Vikander has allready been paired with older men in films. In a movie called Pure she was only 21 years old when she filmed it. The man she hooks up with in that film was 52 years old in real life. A Royal Affair movie with Mads Mikkelsen who plays Hannibal in the NBC television show. She was 22 years old in that one. Mikkelsen was 45 years old.

    Sad thing about this? It is so noticeable the difference in ages between Alicia and these two men. Do these male actors really think they are fooling anybody into believing they look anywhere near as young as Alicia? roflmao They both definitely are working the Mature Man look. Botox those crows feet , wax the silver chest hairs and dye all your head hair one color, no grey left at all. You are not able to rely on your acting abilities alone for believability.

    So it won't surprise me if her hook up in this flick is Cruise.

  • A Guy Named Joe | May 9, 2013 7:09 AM

    Welcome to Hollywood, where the weird pairing is the woman being the SAME age as the man, not five to forty years his junior.

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