Alicia Vikander Forms Female-Led Production Company
By all accounts, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is having a pretty good year.
On the heels of landing the role of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot and winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, Alicia is launching her own production company with her London-based agent, Charles Collier.
Announced late last week at Cannes, the production company is called Vikarious Productions. One film has already been announced, but there are plans for at least two more in the next two years, all of a similar budget. The focus is on stories about women, told by women. “We hope to make good on our intention of bringing together a team of brilliant women to lead the creative process,” said Collier.
The first film from Vikarious is Euphoria, a drama about sisters with a strained relationship travelling through Europe towards an unknown destination. The film, which co-stars Alicia and Eva Green (Penny Dreadful, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), begins shooting this August in the German Alps. Euphoria marks the English-language debut of Swedish writer/director Lisa Langseth, who has worked with Alicia on two previous Swedish-language films.
Said Alicia of Euphoria, “It is a profound story about the journey of two estranged sisters, full of suffering but also full of joy, and squaring up to very important subject matter. It also has compelling female voices and is packed to the rafters with female talent both sides of the camera.”
Alicia is far from the first actress to form her own company in order to get more female voices behind the camera. Earlier this year, Jessica Chastain launched Freckle Films, a production company of which she will serve as president. These two women join the ranks of others like Hilary Swank, Queen Latifah, Eva Longoria, Drew Barrymore, and Reese Witherspoon.
The companies have varying degrees of success – Hilary Swank’s 2S Films’ titles (You’re Not You, Something Borrowed) did not get a warm reception while Reese Witherspoon and Pacific Standard have had some major hits (Gone Girl, Wild). Still, whatever it takes to get more women behind the camera as directors, producers, and writers.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from THE Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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