According to Variety, Alicia Vikander will be capping off her already huge year by signing on to star in Wim Wenders’ upcoming romantic thriller Submergence. The actress is in advanced negotiations to join James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in the film, in which she will play a deep sea explorer.
The report states that the film focuses on “two lovers, immersed in life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles, who find solace in memories of their intense romance the previous Christmas after a chance encounter on a beach on the Atlantic coast. One is enduring captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia while the other is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.”
Submergence is based on J.M. Ledgard’s critically acclaimed book of the same name; NPR, Publishers Weekly, The New York Times and more all praised the work and put it on their best books of 2013 lists.
So far this year, Vikander has earned critical acclaim for her performances in both Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the latter of which she is expected to garner an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for. Additionally, she has also appeared in such 2015 movies as Seventh Son, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Burnt.
Wenders, on the other hand, is primarily known for directing a long list of documentaries, which include Buena Vista Social Club, Pina and The Salt of the Earth.
Submergence is set to begin filming in March.