SCREEN DAILY – A first glimpse at romantic thriller Submergence shows X-Men star James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander, in her first role after winning the Oscar, in an intense embrace.
Adapted by Erin Dignam from the novel by JM Ledgard, Submergence is the story of James More (McAvoy), a water engineer who is taken hostage in Somalia by Jihadist fighters who suspect that he is a British spy. Danielle ‘Danny’ Flinders (Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep sea diving project to support her theory of the origin of life on the planet.
The two had met just a few weeks earlier, in an isolated hotel on the Atlantic coast, where they were both preparing for their dangerous missions. Now worlds apart, unable to reach each other, the film follows Danny as she descends in a submersible to the ocean floor, without even knowing if James is still alive.
James McAvoy is usually a good go-to when you need a romantic hero with a hint of tragic loss. Even if it’s just his hair, as we’ll see in “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Putting his leading man credentials to the test, McAvoy will star in Wim Wenders’ new drama, “Submergence”.
Erin Dignam has adapted the script from J.M. Ledgard’s novel, which finds James Moore (McAvoy) the prisoner of jihadist fighters in Somalia. As he endures his captivity, his thoughts drift to Danielle Flinders, the women he met and fell for the previous Christmas. She, meanwhile, is thinking of him as her submersible explores the depths of the ocean floor.
So far, Wenders has not found his Danielle, but there appears to time to continue the search, as the cameras aren’t scheduled to role until late March next year. Before that, McAvoy will be seen in “Victor Frankenstein”, which arrives on December 3. And, as mentioned above, he’ll be back as Professor Charles Xavier for “X-Men: Apocalypse”, due for release on May 19.