John David Washington and Alicia Vikander Cast In ‘Born to be Murdered’

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The stars of Tenet and Tomb Raider are the latest names announced for a forthcoming thriller produced by Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino.

Born To Be Murdered will follow a couple in Greece who become ensnared in a deadly conspiracy during their holiday. It will be the English-language direcotiral debut of Italian filmmaker Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, who worked as a second unit director on three of Guadaginio’s previous films: A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name, and Suspiria.

Washington is best known for his recent appearances in the Spike Lee-directed BlacKkKlansman, playing Ron Stallworth, and for his role as The Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s action-thriller Tenet.

Vikander gained widespread prominence in 2015, when she starred as a humanoid robot in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. She then won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. She has since starred as Lara Croft in the 2018 remake of Tomb Raider. 

“Born to Be Murdered is my take on the manhunt thriller, as inspired by so many movies and books I always admired. I have worked for years in creating its specific tone and story with the tireless support of my writer Kevin Rice, and I am honored to have the extraordinary John David Washington join me to portray the restless and conflicted journey of such a special character. I am thrilled and to be working with the wonderful Alicia Vikander, the beautifully intense Vicky Krieps, the superb Boyd Holbrook. With this incredible cast and with my unique collaborators, Born to Be Murdered will be a fantastic experience that pushes genre to a new place.”

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino

Other announced cast members include Boyd Holbrook, best known for performance in James Marigold’s Logan, and Vicky Krieps, known for her role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. The film was acquired by Netflix in October 2020, who will distribute the film in late 2021. 

Words by Mischa Alexander

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