Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Alicia Vikander has landed a pair of leads: Opposite Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light between Oceans, and opposite Eddie Redmayne in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl.
- Bruce Greenwood will join James Badge Dale in Nic Mathieu’s directorial debut, the supernatural thriller Spectral.
- Ken Jeong will star in International Incident, a comedy that has Steve Carell in negotiations to produce.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Deadline reports on a pair of leads for Vikander. First up is The Light between Oceans, based on the novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman. The DreamWorks picture centers on an Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue a baby adrift in a rowboat and raise it as their own. If scheduling works out, Vikander would move from that film to The Danish Girl, which is based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same name and adapted by Lucinda Coxon. This love story between Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda Gottlieb has an interesting twist, as it also centers on the world’s first sex-change operation. Wegener became the first man to undergo the operation, changing his name to Lili Elbe. Not a bad day’s work for Vikander and her team.
Meanwhile, The Wrap reports that Greenwood will join Spectral, described as a supernatural take on Black Hawk Down. Greenwood plays “a high-ranking military official who briefs the heroes on a new kind of terror threat.” Spectral also stars Max Martini and Cory Hardrict.
Finally from THR comes word that Jeong will star in International Incident, which may count Carell among its producers. Penned by former Daily Show head-writer David Javerbaum, the comedy follows “five delegates from the United Nations who embark on a road trip to find one of their lost loves.”