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Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander is set to take the lead role in Morten Tyldum’s adaptation of Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter dramatic thriller.
Black Bear Pictures is financing the book-to-movie adaptation, reteaming Tyldum and Teddy Schwarzman after their box-office success with The Imitation Game. The Marsh King’s Daughter portrays a woman who risks everything to find her dangerous father, who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future.
Elle Smith and Mark L. Smith adapted novel for the movie adaptation, which is set to be produced in summer 2018. Producer credits are shared by Schwarzman, Keith Redmon, Tyldum and Mark L. Smith. Bard Dorros and Vikander are executive producing.
Vikander, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for 2015’s The Danish Girl, will play Helena Pelletier, who uses her hunting and tracking skills to find her father, only to realize his escape from prison is part of an elaborate plan to kidnap her and her two young daughters.
Vikander will next appear as video-game heroine Lara Croft in MGM’s reboot of the Tomb Raider action film franchise.
STX International will introduce The Marsh King’s Daughter to foreign buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. “The Marsh King’s Daughter is one the most hypnotic thrillers you’ll ever experience… and who better than Morten Tyldum to direct this psychologically gripping story into a complex yet riveting tale about captivity and redemption,” David Kosse, president of STXinternational, said in a statement.
Vikander is repped by UTA, Tavistock Wood and by Actors in Scandinavia. Tyldum is represented by WME.