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Yesterday was a blessed day. Exciting news is always best when you’re not expecting it, and are just going about your business when all of a sudden you get sucker punched by something amazing. Such was the case when I opened up Twitter expecting to find nothing but depressing political news only to see that Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer- who first starred together in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.– are teaming up again for the movie Freakshift. My friends, I went absolutely ballistic. I’m glad I was alone because the strangled gasping sound I made would have been truly embarrassing if anyone else was around.
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a film I absolutely adore, (and have written about several times) and these two are a big part of the reason why. If you’ve seen it then you know, and if you haven’t let me tell you: they have the best chemistry.
I really had to not get carried away there and include a gif of every scene they had together. Their dynamic in U.N.C.L.E. was adorably sexy, with tiny, feisty Gaby outsmarting everyone while big and scary secret agent Illya got all melty around her. It’ll be fun to see what the two characters in Freakshift are like and how they interact with each other. It has to help that Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander seem to be genuine friends in real life, and not just people who worked on a movie together. They ran into each other over Oscar weekend! (I wonder if they were both involved with the movie at this point. There’s a question for the press tour.)
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Alicia Vikander’s role in this film was announced a few weeks ago, and will be her next project after Tomb Raider. Freakshift will be Armie Hammer’s second partnership with director Ben Wheatley, and their film Free Fire will be released later this month on April 21st. All the interviews I’ve seen for that film indicate that it was a tremendously fun set to be on and that Ben Wheatley is a unique director to work with. Wheatley co-wrote the film with his collaborator Amy Jump, and his description of the plot sounds creepily intriguing.
First and foremost, the fact that this is an action film where the female will be the lead player and the male is described as her “love interest” is fantastic. That’s almost never the way it goes in that genre. It’s unclear at this point if Armie will play the husband that dies (in which case he would perhaps appear mostly in flashbacks), or if he’s going to be a new love for Alicia’s character. At this point I don’t even care because I’m so pumped. There is so little to be excited about in the world right now and we deserve something to anticipate. There’s no news on when Freakshift will be released, but filming is due to begin in August. I’ll be ready to obsessively follow every detail.
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