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Alicia Vikander To Star In Long-Developing 'Tulip Fever,' Matthias Schoenaerts Sought For Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 5:05 PM
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So let's go over the somewhat tortured history of "Tulip Fever" shall we? Nearly a decade ago, back in 2004, "Shakespeare in Love" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" director John Madden was lining up the movie with Keira Knightley and Jude Law to star, with a script by Tom Stoppard. What on Earth could have stopped that? Well, once tax incentives for production in UK disappeared, so did the movie. Soon after that, director Peter Chelsom ("Shall We Dance," "Hannah Montana: The Movie") tried to get it made, and he didn't fare any better. Then in 2011, Tom Hooper considered it among a handful of other project as his followup to "The King's Speech" before deciding on "Les Miserables." Well, the flower is blooming once more...

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

  • By Edward Davis
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  • 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.”

Casting: Robert De Niro Visits Stephen Gaghan’s ‘Candy Store’; Alicia Vikander Joins Alex Garland's Robot Thriller & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 4:23 PM
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Robert De Niro, Alicia Vikander, Kristen Connolly
Writer/director Stephen Gaghan has given us the scripts to Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” "Rules of Engagement," and "The Alamo," but turned full-fledged filmmaker with 2005's excellent political drama, "Syriana." He hasn’t directed a film since, but not for want of trying. Gaghan’s been attached to several projects over the years, but for whatever reason, none of them have come to fruition. He may have struck gold with the cast of his his latest, “Candy Store.” The picture already stars “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jason Clarke and Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), but his latest casting coup is even more impressive; Robert De Niro. The acting legend is joining the cast for a story about an undercover agent (Clarke) who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him. De Niro plays a former cop who teams up with him to stop the threat that could endanger the city of New York. [Variety]

Oscar Isaac & Domhnall Gleeson Boot Up Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina'; Felicity Jones & Alicia Vikander Eyed For Female Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 11:41 AM
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Making your first feature film is no easy task. Everything from the script to casting requires careful attention to detail, and meanwhile, you're looking to prove to yourself and others that you have what it takes to get the job done. However, if your name is Alex Garland, things are made slightly easier. The screenwriter behind "28 Days Later...," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd" has a CV that speaks for itself, and it's no surprise that he's getting some nice talent for his debut directorial effort "Ex Machina."

'A Royal Affair' & 'Anna Karenina' Star Alicia Vikander Is A 'Son Of A Gun' With Ewan McGregor

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 6, 2013 9:58 AM
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Last fall, Ewan McGregor attached himself to the thriller “Son Of A Gun” and while details at the time were scarce, with production starting soon in Australia, Deadline is reporting that the film has added three more actors to the cast.

Benedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks Movie Now Titled 'The Fifth Estate,' Will Hit Theaters On November 15th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 22, 2013 3:12 PM
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We're still over a month away from the 2013 Oscars, but consider the 2014 season open, courtesy of DreamWorks. The company (who are leading the field with "Lincoln" this year) have been prepping their WikiLeaks movie, directed by "Gods and Monsters" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" helmer Bill Condon, for some time, but it was slightly unclear when it would be hitting theaters. But with filming now underway, they've put their cards on the table, revealing a title, an awards-season release date, and an impressive supporting cast.

'Game Of Thrones' Star Carice Van Houten Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In Bill Condon's Wikileaks Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 3:33 PM
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The star of Paul Verhoeven's undervalued "Black Book," Carice Van Houten, was tipped for big things after that film bowed in 2006. The actress picked up Hollywood roles in "Valkyrie" and "Repo Men" but neither role was particularly rewarding, and she had a quiet few years after. But the Dutch star (who has a side career in the music industry) picked up a prominent role as sorceress Melisandre in HBO's "Game Of Thrones" (she'll be returning to the show for the third season when it debuts in March), and now she's landed a role in another big Hollywood picture.

'Downton Abbey' Star Dan Stevens Joins That WikiLeaks Movie Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2012 5:24 PM
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With the participation of "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens for the fourth season of the hit show currently up in the air, he's busy getting ready to make his Hollywood debut in a film that is bringing together an impressive amount of talent, to tell the tale of one of the world's most intriguing newsmakers.

'Anna Karenina' Star Alicia Vikander Joins Bill Condon's WikiLeaks Movie With Benedict Cumberbatch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 5:41 PM
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As we put together our list of Breakout Performances Of 2012, Alicia Vikander was someone who turned heads around The Playlist office. The actress put in two great turns this year, first as Caroline, who becomes embroiled in an illicit romance in "A Royal Affair." She next appeared as Kitty in Joe Wright's lush "Anna Karenina," and as we wrote about Vikander's performance, "Your heart breaks for Anna but you fall in love with Kitty." Well, it hasn't taken long for Hollywood to make use of her talent.

The Breakout Performances Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2012 1:56 PM
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One of the great thrills of being a movie fan is discovery. In a few weeks, we'll be rolling out our lists of the films we're looking forward to in 2013, many of which come from established names. And yet invariably, many of the best movies that will surprise us over the next twelve months will be ones that are, as yet, barely on our radar, from directors with no track record, and featuring actors who you wouldn't have been able to pick from a line up a few months earlier.

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