EXCLUSIVE– Charlotte Rampling is set to join the cast of Euphoria, alongside Alicia Vikander and Eva Green, who were previously announced by Deadline. Vikander is also producing the pic through her newly-launched production banner Vikarious Productions. She is partners in Vikarious with her London-based agent Charles Collier, a partner in Tavistock Wood. The two of them have been driving the production forward, also bringing on-board esteemed DP Rob Hardy, who previously worked with Vikander on Ex Machina and Testament of Youth. Shooting starts early August in the German Alps. The story follows two sisters (Vikander and Green), in conflict traveling through Europe towards a mystery destination.
Euphoria is the English-language directorial debut of award-winning Swedish writer and director Lisa Langseth, who previously collaborated with Vikander on two Swedish-language titles, Pure and Hotell. The film is a production with Sweden’s B-Reel Films’ Patrik Anderson and Frida Bargo. It is the first production from Vikarious, with Vikander and Collier launched on the eve of Cannes. The company plans to produce a further two titles at a similar budget to Euphoria within the next two years.
Vikander is on fire right now and arguably Europe’s foremost leading lady. Earlier this year, the 27-year-old Swede won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her performance in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Prior to that she put in a memorable turn in Ex Machina as possibly the best-looking and ruthless robot in the history of cinema. She next co-stars in Jason Bourne opposite Matt Damon. She also has The Light Between Oceans opposite Michael Fassbender in the pipelines. That film has been generating awards-season buzz even though it will not be released until the fall.
Vikander’s stratospheric rise has been further cemented with the confirmation she will star as Lara Croft for MGM, Warner Bros and GK Films in Tomb Raider. The reboot will tell the story of a young and untested Lara Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing. MGM and Warner Bros are co-producing the film with MGM overseeing production. They acquired film rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased film rights in 2011 from Square Enix LTD. Graham King is serving as producer.
The evergreen Rampling is enjoying a purple patch in her illustrious career. She earned plaudits and an Academy Award nomination for her moving performance in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which also won her the Best Actress award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Forthcoming film titles include The Sense of an Ending, in which she co-stars with Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer and Jim Broadbent. She has been honoured with a career César, the European Film Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, France’s Légion d’honneur and a British OBE.
Euphoria is a Swedish/UK/Germany production by B-Reel Films, Vikarious Productions, Dancing Camel (Christine Ruppert), Sveriges Television, Svensk Filmindustri, Reel Ventures and Filmregionen Stockholm-Mälardalen. The film is in collaboration with Wild Bunch Germany and in association with Dorian Media Limited as well as support from the Swedish Film Institute. Svensk will distribute in the Nordic territories.
Rampling is repped by Artmedia and Diamond Management.