James’ new film Submergence (with Alicia Vikander) is finally on limited theaters and it’s also available on Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes. DVD and Blu-ray release date is set for May 15, 2018.
In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.
I’ve got my own digital copy and made screen captures – which obviously have spoilers if you still didn’t see the movie yet. Also additional stills are added, so, enjoy!
It’s a strange pick-up line, but it works for Dani (Alicia Vikander) when she meets James (James McAvoy) at a French seaside hotel and they begin an intense romance in the new Wim Wenders drama Submergence (in theaters today). Dani is a deep-diving marine scientist, and James is a spy who goes to Somalia and is captured by jihadist fighters, and as the two risk their lives for their work, they must hold on to their memories of each other.
In the exclusive clip above, we witness the couple’s first meeting, before their lives begin to unravel. With the character of James, McAvoy adds another soldier/spy to his docket (Atomic Blonde, Atonement), and EW called him up to get the low-down on what keeps calling him back to these roles, how the similarities and differences between them inform his work, and the challenges of playing a character who faces repeated psychological abuse.
Submergence, which Erin Dignam adapted from J.M. Ledgard’s novel, finds two lovers, separated by thousands of miles as they both face life-or-death situations. James McAvoy is James Moore, a British intelligence agent who has fallen afoul of jihadist fighters in Somalia. As he endures his captivity, his thoughts drift to marine bio-mathematician Danielle Flinders (Alicia Vikander), the women he fell for after they met the previous Christmas at a swanky, remote retreat. She, meanwhile, is thinking of him as her submersible explores the depths of the ocean floor, and gets into its own danger in the murky waters.
The movie will be playing at Glasgow festival next 23 and 24 of February, and its out in USA on April 13. Watch the official trailer below:
A Russian trailer for Submergence has surfaced earlier today, which is exciting and not so much at the same time (due language barriers!). The trailer is quite long-running (over 2 minutes) and has plenty of James and Alicia Vikander scenes!
Adapted from the novel by JM Ledgard, it focuses on two people brought together by a chance encounter. James (James McAvoy) is a Scottish spy about to embark on a dangerous mission in Somalia. Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a professor and a bio-mathematician about to head to the bottom of the ocean to explore what lifeforms might exist. They find each other at a plush hotel in France, both taking a chance to relax before embarking on their high-risk missions. There’s an instant frisson and in the space of a few days, they fall in love, eager to see more of each other once they return. But when James is kidnapped by jihadists, Danny is left waiting for a text message that might never come, unaware of his predicament as she prepares for her deep dive.
The Wim Wenders-helmed romance made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, where it received strong reviews.
James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander star In the globe-trotting romance pic that follows two storylines that become intertwined. On the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman named James Moore (McAvoy) is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders (Vikander) prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance. Erin Dignam wrote the screenplay, which is based on J.M. Ledgard’s 2011 novel.
Submergence came into the Toronto Film Festival with several distributors having made bids, but UTA decided to wait until after the film’s world premiere Sept. 10 to begin negotiations, which have carried on for the past two months. Samuel Goldwyn Films prevailed as the eventual winner. A source pegged the deal at seven figures.
“We were fortunate to see the film at its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival,” says Peter Goldwyn, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films. “We were moved by the story, direction and great performances of its talented cast. We look forward to bringing the film to the U.S. audience in 2018.”
Added Wenders: “Our film has global dimensions and shows all the beauty of our planet, but also its conflicts and violence. I had Dr. Martin Luther King’s words in capital letters on the front page of my script: ‘You cannot drive out darkness with darkness. Only love can do that.’ That’s why the love story is our driving element. I’m happy we’re in the hands of Samuel Goldwyn Films for our American release.”
Our gallery was updated with high quality poster and production stills, released back in September during TIFF.
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.