ALI­CIA VIKAN­DER

Maxim - - CONTENTS - — AARON GELL

IN­TRO­DUC­ING THE SWEDISH IN­GENUE WHO’S SET TO CON­QUER HOL­LY­WOOD

THOSE LAY­ING EYES ON Ali­cia Vikan­der for the very first time are ad­vised to sa­vor the mo­ment. Drink it in. Be­cause be­fore you know it, the girl will be ev­ery­where.

The rav­ish­ing 26-year-old actress with the dark, smol­der­ing gaze and es­timable bone struc­ture is largely un­known out­side her na­tive Swe­den, ex­cept to devo­tees of high-toned cos­tume drama who took note of her win­ning per­for­mances in Anna Karen­ina and A Royal Af­fair. But 2015 will her­ald her trans­for­ma­tion into a star, with a ver­i­ta­ble Vikan­der film fes­ti­val. She be­gan the year as a be­witch­ing femme fa­tale op­po­site Ewan Mcgre­gor in the Down Un­der heist thriller Son of a Gun and turned up a month later with Ju­lianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and a mess of dragons in the swords and sorcery epic Sev­enth Son. “Ali­cia is so lovely,” Moore en­thuses. “It’s no sur­prise she was trained as a dancer be­fore she be­came an ac­tor; she moves with such grace and as­sur­ance.”

This month, Vikan­der por­trays a robot—a very at­trac­tively de­signed robot—in Alex Gar­land’s AI thriller Ex Machina. Au­gust will bring The Man from U.N.C.L.E., based on the beloved ’60s TV se­ries, with Vikan­der as a stylish su­per­spy, fol­lowed by The Light Be­tween Oceans, a windswept weepie with Michael Fass­ben­der, about a mar­ried cou­ple on an iso­lated is­land. Then comes Tulip Fever, a ro­mance set amid the flower-mar­ket frenzy of 17th-cen­tury Hol­land, with Christoph Waltz and Dame Judi Dench, and—deep breath—last but not least, a still-un­ti­tled film di­rected by The West Wing’s John Wells about the cre­ation of a high-end restau­rant, costar­ring Bradley Cooper.

There will be more films to fol­low, of course, and mag­a­zine cov­ers, red-car­pet prom­e­nades and pa­parazzi scrums, chat shows, and luxury ad cam­paigns. But for now, she’s fresh—the gor­geous and prodi­giously tal­ented new­comer from Swe­den. The one you’ve never heard of.

WITH SIX NEW MOVIES THIS YEAR ALONE, IN­CLUD­ING THIS MONTH’S EX MACHINA, ALI­CIA VIKAN­DER IS HOL­LY­WOOD’S HARD­EST-WORK­ING IN­GENUE.

THIS YEAR WILL BRING MOVIE­GO­ERS A VER­I­TA­BLE VIKAN­DER FILM FES­TI­VAL.

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