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Alicia Vikander lands female lead in Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Alicia Vikander

Story by Jack Foley

SWEDISH actress Alicia Vikander has nabbed the female lead in Tom Cruise’s Man From U.N.C.L.E.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, she will play a British agent who has a thing for cars alongside Cruise’s Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer’s Illy Kuryakin.

The film, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie, is an adaptation of the classic 1960s TV series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.

Ironically, Vikander’s character did not appear in the TV series or the short-lived spin-off, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., and is an entirely new creation.

The actress shot to prominence in Joe Wright’s adaptation of Anna Karenina and also won widespread acclaim for her portrayal of Caroline Mathilde in A Royal Affair.

Forthcoming roles include Legendary’s fantasy The Seventh Son and DreamWorks’ Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate.

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