Alicia Vikander Joins James McAvoy in 'Submergence'

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Wim Wenders will direct the romantic thriller.

Alicia Vikander will be diving into a role for the romantic thriller Submergence, in which she will play a deep sea explorer, and star opposite James McAvoy.

Wim Wenders will direct the film that is based on J.M. Ledgard’s book of the same name. The film follows two lovers, one a captive of jihadist fighters in Somalia and the other an explorer currently searching the ocean depths, who use their memories of their intense romance to get them through their current life-threatening circumstances.

The film, which was adapted for screen by Erin Dignam, is eyeing a late March 2016 start of production in Europe and Africa. Cameron Lamb will produce the project which is being financed by Paris-based Backup Media, which was responsible for financing the Oscar-winning film Still Alice.

The Swedish-born actress is known for her role in Ex Machina and Anna Karenina, and could be seen this past summer the period spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill

Vikander can currently be seen starring alongside Eddie Redmayne in the Tom Hooper drama The Danish Girl, a role for which she is receiving awards buzz.  

She is currently filming the next Jason Bourne movie with star Matt Damon. 

The actress is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management.