Alicia Vikander in A ROYAL AFFAIR, a Magnolia Pictures release. (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Alicia Vikander’s list of co-stars in her packed slate of upcoming movies reads like a who’s who of Hollywood’s hottest young actors and the industry’s most revered stars. In other words, if you don’t recognize her name now, it’s only a matter of time.

The Swedish actress, 26, might be vaguely recognizable in the United States for a small part in “Anna Karenina” or for her role in the historical romance “A Royal Affair,” both of which were released in 2012. Soon, Vikander will star alongside Michael Fassbender in “The Light Between Oceans,” based on the best-selling book about a couple who find an abandoned baby at sea. Vikander also plays a hybrid witch-human in the sci-fi epic “Seventh Son,” co-starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Djimon Hounsou. She headlines the ­17th-century drama “Tulip Fever” with Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench, not to mention the spy movie “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” with Henry Cavill, a.k.a. Superman.

Throw in that her name has already hit the American gossip sites with rumors that she’s dating Fassbender, and Vikander is well on her way to being the next tabloid-favorite ingenue. Soft-spoken, humble and relishing relative anonymity for now, she’s bracing for what’s to come with multiple chances for breakout roles.

Acting has always been in her blood; she was inspired by her mother, stage actress Maria Fahl Vikander. After training for years as a dancer, Vikander started the tough process of breaking into the already-tiny Swedish film community.

She gained attention for the drama “Pure,” winning Swedish acting prizes for playing a young woman who is inspired by classical music. The film hit the festival circuit, and suddenly American film agents started calling. Though Vikander was hesitant about making the leap from European cinema into the Hollywood studio system (“a big monster,” as she calls it), she was relieved to find there was a lot of collaboration between actors and directors.

Vikander also was especially grateful during filming one of her first English-speaking roles, “Seventh Son” — in which she plays a girl torn between her human and witch heritage — but Moore took her under her wing.

“She was not only a fantastic actress and a woman that I admired, but she still saw me as a young woman and wanted to make sure people took good care of me,” Vikander said.

Also filming next year and primed to make a big splash in 2016: Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl.” Vikander stars as the artist wife of Eddie Redmayne’s Einar Wegener, the early 20th-century Danish painter who was the first person to have sex-reassignment surgery.


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