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Oscar-winning Swedish actor Alicia Vikander and Oscar-nominated Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) are slated to turn Karen Dionne’s novel THE MARSH KING’s DAUGHTER into a film financed and produced by Black Bear Pictures. Surprisingly, this will be the first time the two Scandinavians will have worked together.
In the film adapted by Elle Smith and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Vikander will play Helena Petterier, a woman with a happy domestic life with her husband and daughter, who is keeping a secret about her past. Helena’s mother was kidnapped as a teen and Helena is the child of her mother’s kidnapper, referred to as “the Marsh King.” Helena decides to hunt him down and get revenge for tormenting her and her mother for 12 years.
Dionne’s book was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons last summer, and yes, it sounds a lot like the 2016 Oscar-nominated film Room if it took place 25 years later and Jacob Tremblay goes after the man who kidnapped him and his mother, played by Oscar winner Brie Larson.
This will be the second film the Oscar-nominated Imitation Game director has made with Black Bear, who financed and produced the Best Picture nominee. More recently, Black Bear produced Dee Rees’ Mudbound, which also received a number of Oscar nominations including screenplay and cinematography.
Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman is producing The Marsh King’s Daughter with Anonymous Content, who had both Spotlight and The Revenant in the Oscar race in 2015. Keith Redmon, Tyldum and Mark L. Smith will produce with Schwarzman. Anonymous Content’s Bard Dorros will exec. produce with Vikander. STXinternational will handle the overseas sales as well as distribute the film in the U.K. and Ireland.
Repped by UTA, Tavistock Wood and Actors in Scandinavia, Vikander was last seen in the period drama Tulip Fever opposite Christoph Waltz and Dane De Haan, a movie that will end up being the last one released by the Weinstein Company under the accused Harvey Weinstein. She next stars as Lara Croft in Warner Bros’ Tomb Raider reboot, coming out on March 16. Vikander first got attention starring in the Oscar-nominated Danish film A Royal Affair in 2012, which was followed in 2015 by Vikander winning a Supporting Actress Oscar for Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Other films include last year’s Jason Bourne with Matt Damon and The Light Between Oceans with future husband Michael Fassbender.
Tyldum made a string of films in Norway including the well-received Headhunters before he was hired to direct Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, for which he received a directing Oscar nomination. He followed that with the sci-fi thriller Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, which grossed $100 million despite a poor critical reception. Tyldum is represented by WME, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott.
Writer Elle Smith is with Rain Management Group while Mark L. Smith is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Syndicate Entertainment, both of them repped by Mark Temple. Dionne is repped by Folio and WME.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor