Swedish actress Alicia Vikander’s star has been rising thanks to A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina, and will be seen later this year in The Seventh Son and The Fifth Estate. Now she’s got what may be her biggest break yet, as THR reports that she’s landed the female lead in The Man from U.N.C.L.E..
Gut Ritchie is directing the project, which is based on the Robert Vaughn and David McCallum starring 1960s series of the same name, which followed United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, as they battle the evil agents of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.). Tom Cruise is playing the American agent Solo, with Armie Hammer playing his Russian partner, Kuryakin.
Alicia Vikander will be a British agent who has an affinity for cars. She’s playing a completely new character who was not a part of the original series.
Scott Z. Burns wrote the screeplay, but it’s not clear when it will shoot.