Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is in negotiations to play the female lead in Derek Cianfrance‘s “The Light Between Oceans” and Tom Hooper‘s “The Danish Girl,” an individual familiar with both prestige projects told TheWrap.
In “The Light Between Oceans,” Vikander would star opposite Michael Fassbender in the post-WWI tale of a young married couple who operate a lighthouse on a remote island off the coast of Australia. When their inability to have a child coincides with the arrival of a boat carrying a dead man and a live infant, they take in the child and raise her as their own, leading to tragic consequences.
“The Danish Girl” stars Eddie Redmayne as artist Einar Wegener, who became one of the first men to undergo operations to become a women. It’s based on the book of the same name by David Ebershoff. Vikander is nearing a deal to play Wegener’s wife, Greta, who becomes an overnight artistic sensation for her paintings of Einar in drag, and who ultimately stands by him through the changes in his life.
Vikander rose to fame in 2012 with well-received roles in both Joe Wright‘s “Anna Karenina” and foreign language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair.” She’s currently shooting WWII drama “A Testament of Youth” and also has historical romance “Tulip Fever” and Guy Ritchie’s “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” movie coming up. She’s repped by UTA.
The news was first reported by Deadline.