“I AM EASY TO FIND”
STARRING ALICIA VIKANDER
MUSIC BY THE NATIONAL
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MIKE MILLS
“I AM EASY TO FIND”
Alicia Vikander attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.
To those around the world who bought tickets to see Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider reboot, fans in America thank you, because it was reported today that a sequel script is finally in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Free Fire screenwriter Amy Jump is at work on a new screenplay that should by law require Vikander to do at least twice as many pull-ups as she did in the first movie. (That’s a lot of pull-ups, but we believe in the lithe adventurer’s mighty muscles to handle the work.) The first movie cost around $100 million to make, and only brought in $58 million at the domestic box office, which is why there are a lot of thank-you notes that need to go out to international Raider fans — especially those in China, France, and the U.K., who really showed out for Vikander and her climbing ax.
John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Boyd Holbrook (Logan) and Vicky Krieps (The Phantom Thread) have been set to lead cast on hot project du jour Born To Be Murdered, which will be produced by Luca Guadagnino and much of the team behind his Oscar-winner Call Me By Your Name.
Born To Be Murdered is set in Athens and the Epirus region of Greece, where a vacationing couple, played by Washington and Vikander, fall trap to a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences. Ferdinando Cito Filomarino (Antonia) will direct from a screenplay by Kevin Rice. Production is currently underway in Greece.
Producers are Luca Guadagnino and longtime collaborator Marco Morabito for their Frenesy Films, along with longtime co-producer Francesco Melzi and Gabriele Moratti with their MeMo outfit which is also the lead financier. Call Me By Your Name producer Rodrigo Teixera (RT Features) and Rai Cinema also financed.
Endeavor Content reps world sales on the under-the-radar project will be a hot one in the Cannes market next month.
The film’s crew is equally impressive. Cinematographer is Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Call Me By Your Name), composer is Oscar-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant) and editor is Guadagnino regular Walter Fasano (Call Me By Your Name).
Cito Filomarino was second unit director on Guadagnino-directed trio Suspiria, Call Me My Your Name and A Bigger Splash and made his feature debut on 2015 biopic Antonia, which chronicles the last ten years of the young Italian poet Antonia Pozzi. The film played at festivals including Karlovy Vary, Torino, Seattle and Gothenburg. The director, the great nephew of iconic Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, is making his English-language debut on Born To Be Murdered.
Call Me By Your Name outfit Frenesy teamed up with MeMo Films on Guadagnino’s latest feature Suspiria. The latter is currently producing Guadagnino’s upcoming documentary Salvatore, Shoemaker Of Dreams about designer Salvatore Ferragama. Meanwhile, Rodrigo Teixera (Ad Astra) and Guadagnino are currently in pre-production on Blood On The Tracks, the next film to be directed by Guadagnino, who will be in Cannes this year with short film The Staggering Girl.
Cito Filomarino stated, “Born to Be Murdered is my take on the manhunt thriller, as inspired by so many movies and books I always admired. I have worked for years in creating its specific tone and story with the tireless support of my writer Kevin Rice, and I am honored to have the extraordinary John David Washington join me to portray the restless and conflicted journey of such a special character. I am thrilled and to be working with the wonderful Alicia Vikander, the beautifully intense Vicky Krieps, the superb Boyd Holbrook. With this incredible cast and with my unique collaborators, Born to Be Murdered will be a fantastic experience that pushes genre to a new place.”
Guadagnino, Morabito, Melzi and Moratti added in a joint statement, “We have been working with Ferdinando for ten years, following and supporting his career since the beginning. He is an exciting new voice in international cinema, and with Born To Be Murdered, he has the chance to be embraced in a bigger scope and in partnership with such a prestigious cast, composed of some of the best and most interesting performers in the world, especially the wonderful John David Washington whom we believe is one of the most compelling performers around.”
BlacKkKlansman and Ballers star Washington was recently cast in Christopher Nolan’s next film for Warner Bros, slated for a July 2020 release. Oscar-winner Vikander recently starred in the Warner Bros/ MGM remake of Tomb Raider and will soon begin production in Ireland on David Lowery’s The Green Knight.
Predator, Logan and Narcos star Holbrook will next be seen in Tribeca debut Two/One and he will star opposite Michael C. Hall in Netflix thriller In the Shadow of the Moon. Krieps shot to fame thanks to a starring role opposite Daniel Day Lewis in The Phantom Thread. Recent productions include TV mini-series Das Boot, Barry Levinson’s feature Harry Haft and Dan Friedken’s Lyrebird opposite Guy Pierce.
Cito Filomarino is represented by Cinetic Media and WME; Washington is represented by WME and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP; Vikander is represented by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management; Krieps is represented by Agence Adequat (France), Agentur Homebase (Germany) and Tavistock Wood; and Holbrook is represented by CAA and lawyers Morris Yorn.
The notoriously private actress opens about her life in Portugal, why she doesn’t use social media, and her upcoming movie with Julianne Moore.
I want to be her, Mommy!” shouts an elated little girl standing in a cluster of kids who have gathered spontaneously in Savannah’s Forsyth Park. With heads craned toward the sky, they are gobsmacked, rooted in place as if they’ve spotted a bona fide superhero. And in a way they have. On this crisp but sunny Saturday morning of her Bazaar cover shoot, Alicia Vikander is literally floating on air, pirouetting with balletic grace in a Louis Vuitton gown 50 feet above the mossy green. The Swedish actress seems preternaturally at ease and visibly in control, often calling the shots—politely—to the stunt coordinators and photography crew from midair. Remaining nonplussed in the face of extreme bodily risk is all in a day’s work for Vikander, who has made a career out of shape-shifting seamlessly into radically strong female characters in thoughtful indie films and commercial blockbusters alike. On-screen and in person, the 30-year-old star exudes a cool, timeless charm that calls to mind a young Ingrid Bergman. She is as unassuming as she is captivating—a badass with delicate poise and a hushed, confident cadence.
Back on terra firma, Vikander, dressed in Goldsign jeans, a black Isabel Marant blouse, and Jimmy Choo flats with her hair tied in a messy knot, is sitting in a cocktail bar across the street from Forsyth Park. “In this industry, you must be willing to throw yourself out there, which I enjoy,” she says. She has just ordered a vodka martini, and kindly instructed the bartender to dump the vermouth after just a swish around the glass. “I’m good at hiding all those nerves inside. Something I’ve heard all my life is, ‘Oh, you seem so tough.’ I think one of the main things I do well is to not show that I’m shitting my pants.”
That stoic facade is easier to maintain without a lick of an online footprint. “I realized early on that social media was not good for me; I personally didn’t find the joy in it,” declares the actress, who tried Instagram for a month before Marie Kondo–ing it out of her life. Also easier to maintain without an Instagram account: privacy. Vikander has been quietly married to the Irish actor Michael Fassbender since 2017.
The A-list couple keep a deliberately low profile, residing in Lisbon, Portugal, where they relish languid early mornings filled with ocean dips and yoga. “I was brought up in a very cold, dark country, and Portugal is the opposite,” Vikander says of her adopted home. “My husband loves to surf, so we like being close to the sea.”
Vikander times appears delightfully unaware of her own celebrity status. “Every time I do press, I’m suddenly met with the reality of my fame,” she explains. “I sometimes forget how my life has changed.” When she was starting out, Vikander didn’t anticipate having a viable acting career, let alone becoming an international fashion plate. She was rejected from drama school three times (“part of me felt like I didn’t belong,” she confesses). In fact, she was a week away from starting law school when she was cast in Lisa Langseth’s 2010 drama, Pure, for which she won the Swedish equivalent of an Oscar. At that point she never looked back. A
fter her breakthrough role as an emancipated robot in 2015’s Ex Machina, the actress won an Oscar the following year for her performance in The Danish Girl. Since then she has pumped iron to portray the Tomb Raider reboot’s shredded Lara Croft, and learned to speak Japanese for the upcoming murder mystery Earthquake Bird, which takes place in Tokyo. Also in the works? A starring turn in Julie Taymor’s much buzzed-about Gloria Steinem biopic, The Glorias: A Life on the Road, in which both she and Julianne Moore portray the legendary feminist. “Alicia and I are thousands of miles and five decades apart, yet we both grew up wanting to be first a ballet dancer and then a lawyer—a combination of art and activism,” says the real-life Steinem. “I think we would have been friends as children, and it’s a miracle that we’re meeting now, across continents and time. We both found work that we love—writing and acting—and we use it to make the invisible visible.” In addition to her many screen roles, Vikander has also emerged as a major style icon in recent years, thanks in part to Louis Vuitton artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière, who tapped the actress as his muse, dressing her in youthful, rulebreaking looks as she promoted The Danish Girl. “Nicolas is a risk taker,” she says of her decision to join forces with the designer. “His work is fashion-forward but relatable. I feel cool and feminine in his clothes. They’re like my armor.
Ghesquière, likewise, has no trouble explaining what drew him to Vikander. “Alicia has a strong sense of self and style,” he says. “Her life and career have been on a very fast trajectory, and yet she has remained the same determined, confident, and beautiful young woman since the beginning.” The designer is also quick to applaud Vikander’s integrity: “I am always impressed by people who don’t make compromises. She can transform herself without betraying herself.”
Growing up with a single mother in a modest household in Gothenburg, Sweden, Vikander viewed high fashion as more of a pipe dream than a reality. “My mom was an actress, and we never had the money for things that weren’t purely functional,” she recalls. “I remember when I bought my first magazine; it was a window into a world that seemed very far away from mine.” The paucity of resources made her more creative. “I did a lot of high street and secondhand shopping,” she says. “I loved having someone ask me where I got something, and I would say, ‘I got it at H&M.’ ” Adds Vikander, who pursued a ballet career as an adolescent but eventually quit due to injuries, “I enjoyed using my clothes as another tool to express who I am.”That’s not to say there weren’t fashion faux pas along the way. “In my teens, I went through a full-on hip-hop period. I would wear huge hoop earrings, baggy trousers, and this reversible velvet Adidas jacket that I spent a lot of money on because I thought it was an investment piece at the time,” she reveals. “I’m not going to show you photos of that!”
These days, her off-duty wardrobe is mostly black, and “very Scandinavian” (she’s a loyal fan of hip labels from her homeland like Acne Studios, Rodebjer, and Totême), partly due to the influence of Lisa Langseth. The Swedish director not only cast the 20-year-old Vikander in her first film but also became a professional—and a stylistic—mentor. “I tried so many different looks until I met Lisa, who was in her 30s,” says Vikander, who worked with the director again in 2017’s Euphoria. “She plays with being slightly androgynous and rock ’n’ roll but also exudes femininity.” That’s when Vikander realized that it wasn’t always necessary to go to sartorial extremes to make an impact. “I think I just started to find my own style. I am very classic and have a lot of pieces in my wardrobe that I know I will have for a long time,” she says, tugging at her sculptural Ana Khouri earring. “I’ve started to wear a lot of blazers and simple-cut jeans. I love jewelry and coats. Shoes and bags also mean a lot to me. I like being able to just put on a T-shirt and jeans but then make an outfit with accessories.”
As we continue to sip our martinis, the conversation about style takes a more serious turn. I ask Vikander about the deep-rooted history of women and girls dressing for the acceptance of other women, or the approval of men, rather than for themselves. “My dad is a psychiatrist, and he told me that often his job is to tell patients that how they think others perceive them is actually far from the truth,” she says. “I think people are finally getting to a point where they care less about what others think and feel more comfortable playing with different versions of themselves. Brands that were once associated exclusively with upper-class, middle-aged women are now what teens want to wear.” And vice versa: “I love to see that CEOs of companies can wear streetwear.” Her eyes widen with excitement. “Michelle Obama is breaking convention by wearing thigh-high sparkly Balenciaga boots—she’s a woman who will always surprise me! I’m happy that we are getting to a point where people don’t need to stick to any category of age or social ladder.”
Vikander is adamant that fashion and feminism “go hand in hand,” and that they’re pivotal to a woman’s freedom of expression. Which brings us back to her role in The Glorias. “I was just overwhelmed by what Gloria has done in her lifetime and how much difficulty she must have had growing up in that time. I’m so curious what made her have the strength to confront what was so unbalanced in our society.”
The actress herself is actively pushing for change amid the watershed Me Too–Time’s Up movements. In 2017, she signed an open letter calling out Sweden’s film and theater industries for failing to protect women against sexual predators. And today Vikander is optimistic about the future: “It’s sad that a lot of us women haven’t had the opportunity to work together because not enough women were being hired. Suddenly we found a way not only of reaching out and getting to know each other but forging relationships that lead to creative collaborations. I’m working on several projects right now with girls that I met over the past year. That in itself is wonderful proof that a big change has happened.”
We are very excited to announce ‘I Am Easy To Find’, a short film directed by Mike Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and ‘I Am Easy to Find’, our new album out May 17th on 4AD. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. You can pre-order the album now at https://thenational.ffm.to/iaetf.oyd. Film release details to follow.