The world of movies is as tough a place as any to make your mark. You can hit the highs and lows quickly; you can be famous and forgotten within a few years. The best though do survive, and the rewards they earn, I bet, would be worth the effort. In this glamorous but unforgiving and competitive world of movies, a young Swedish actress with a sullen pout and doelike eyes has stepped in, and going by what we have seen of her so far, she may be here for the long run.
Alicia Vikander, the young 26-year old actress, landed her first role in an English-speaking movie not that long back, when she was cast in the British period film Anna Karenina which released in 2012. It was a supporting role, but not an unimportant one, where she played the character of Kitty Shcherbatsky. The movie was of course promoted with Keira Knightley and Jude Law in the forefront, but once the movie was released, Alicia Vikander did not go unnoticed. She received plaudits for her performance and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Anna Karenina was not the beginning though for Vikander in the movie industry.
Having been part of short films and TV shows, Alicia Vikander made her movie debut at the age of 19 with the Swedish film Pure. It wasn’t long before she was the leading lady in the Danish movie A Royal Affair which was nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Language Film category. Three films, that was all Alicia Vikander had been part of before she made her English-language film debut with Anna Karenina. In 2013, she was part of the Hollywood movie The Fifth Estate, a biopic on Julian Assange played by Benedict Cumberbatch, where Vikander was cast as a German Pirate Party member. The movie bombed at the box-office but no one blamed the actors for the debacle.
This is the year though when Alicia Vikander would become an easily recognisable name for any movie lover. It could have happened early in the year had the fantasy film Seventh Son, starring big names like Julian Moore and Jeff Bridges, turned out to be even half as popular as the book series on which it was based. The movie however flopped, and Vikander’s role of a kind-hearted witch and the protagonist’s love interest remains known to only a few. The real recognition of her acting prowess came from the indie sci-fi flick Ex Machina. This chilling thriller directed by Alex Garland has received rave reviews from critics, and Alicia Vikander has been very much at the centre of it. Her performance as Ava, a machine with artificial intelligence and thus a consciousness of sorts, was outstanding in every sense. She made you sympathize with her, she made you feel for her, and she got you hooked onto her. It is the first time when you can see what sort of screen presence Alicia Vikander can hold, an important trait to have in the movie world.
The second half of 2015 is going to be an exciting one for the Swedish actress. Her 2014 British drama film Testament of Youth is going to release in the USA next week. That movie has already got her recognition in the British film circles. For the bulk of the American audience though, the upcoming Guy Ritchie spy flick The Man from U.N.C.L.E. would present a chance to cast their eyes on Alicia Vikander, where she has been cast opposite Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. Vikander has no dearth of big movies to her name now, and you are bound to catch one of these upcoming flicks with well-recognised actors along side her — The Light Between Oceans where she is cast opposite Michael Fassbender, Tulip Fever where she is the wife of Christoph Waltz and love interest of Dane DeHaan, Adam Jones where she is part of the crew assembled by Bradley Cooper, and The Danish Girl opposite recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne. Boy, hasn’t she been busy! Alicia Vikander has shifted her residence to London, as roles in movies have been coming in numbers. And let us not forget, she is currently in talks to star in the next Jason Bourne film that will bring back Matt Damon, and the planned Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender.
Alicia Vikander’s star is definitely on the rise. She has proven her mettle right from an early age, she has shown her potential as an actress, and she is working her socks off to make her mark. Maybe in six months time, we would be in a better position to talk more about her as an actress. And I have a feeling, we are going to continue to remain impressed. Way to go!