5. MONSTER HUNTER ALICIA VIKANDER SCHEDULED FOR THE FREAKSHIFT
Every once in a while, I come across a news item that really feels like it was lost in the shuffle. This week’s top candidate for that distinction is a supernatural monster action movie called Freakshift, and the reason it’s baffling how little attention it got is because recent “It girl” Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, Jason Bourne) is now in talks to star in the film. This monster hunting actioner will be the next film from director Ben Wheatley, whose career to this point has included genre fare like Kill List and High-Rise, and Freakshift could be his breakout film in the US. If Vikander signs on, she will transition to Freakshift in August after wrapping another ambitious action movie, the reboot of the video game franchise Tomb Raider.