Swedish rising star Alicia Vikander is really cornering the market on historical romances. The star of “Anna Karenina” and “A Royal Affair” is poised to headline another, this one set at the onset of World War I. Screen Daily reports Vikander is in talks to join “Ali and Nino”, based on the novel by Kurban Said.
Asif Kapadia is on board to direct from a script by Christopher Hampton, which is currently in the early stages (read: it’ll probably be a while before this one starts filming). Said’s novel, originally published in German in 1937, follows Azerbaijani youth Ali Khan Shirvanshir, a descendent of a noble Muslim family who falls for Nino, a Georgian princess. The story follows the two star-crossed lovers over a number of years as they traverse religious and societal opposition and more dramatic obstacles like kidnapping and war.
One of our Breakout Stars of 2012, Vikander arrived on the scene in Hollywood thanks to the on-two punch of Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” and Danish Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair”, and has been landing increasingly impressive stateside jobs ever since. She’s wrapped Bill Condon’s Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” and crime thriller “Son of a Gun” opposite Ewan McGregor, and will next be seen in sorcery actioner “The Seventh Son” with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Also on the docket: the long-gestating reboot of spy comedy “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, and another period romance (of course): 17th century-set “Tulip Fever”, which may also star Matthias Schoenaerts.