Like a beloved monarch, Alicia Vikander was greeted with an eight-minute standing ovation on the May 21 Cannes premiere of director Karim Aïnouz’s “Firebrand,” from a crowd that included finest actress Oscar winners Michelle Yeoh and Marion Cotillard.
With her husband Michael Fassbender beaming on from the row behind, Vikander motioned for the cheering viewers to cease or she would cry. But then she gave into the adulation and blew kisses to the higher balconies
Vikander’s co-star Jude Law, who performs a merciless and cruel King Henry VIII, and Brazilian helmer Aïnouz additionally acquired big applause from the a. Vikander joins a gaggle of Cannes main women together with Lily Gladstone, Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore who’ve turned in show-stopping performances.
Oscar-winner Vikander stars in “Firebrand” as Katherine Parr, the sixth and closing spouse of the brutal king, as she tries to outmaneuver and outlast the hardly recognizable Law. The movie, tailored from the 2013 novel “Queen’s Gambit” by Elizabeth Fremantle, takes place in blood-soaked Tudor England as Parr is called Regent whereas the tyrannical Henry is combating abroad. When the more and more ailing and paranoid monarch returns, he turns his fury on the radicals and prices his spouse’s childhood good friend with treason and burns her on the stake. Horrified and grieving however pressured to disclaim it, Katherine finds herself combating for her personal survival, terrified that she’s going to find yourself beheaded like a few of Henry’s prior wives.
“What’s mostly been dramatized are the wives who didn’t make it,” Vikander not too long ago informed Variety. “[When I read the script] I immediately thought, ‘Huh, isn’t it interesting that most people know more about the other wives.’ It’s almost like people are drawn to quite grim stories.”
Ahead of its Cannes world premiere, Variety completely reported that “Firebrand” bought out internationally. Prime Video picked up the royal drama in a handful of territories, together with the United Kingdom. Vikander informed Variety she was excited by the prospect to make a dressing up interval drama that was very a lot unglamorous.
“It made us want to strip back and make something that feels very raw and authentic,” Vikander stated. “I loved that he wanted to undress the costume drama.”
“Firebrand” is looking for U.S. distribution and is being bought by CAA and FilmNation.