According to Screen Daily, Emmy nominee Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander have signed on to lead The Assessment cast for the upcoming sci-fi drama film. Olsen and Vikander will reportedly portray a couple living in a dystopian future where the world has been destroyed by climate change. In addition, Pitch Perfect alum Anna Kendrick is also rumored to be in talks to join the project, which is expected to begin filming this summer in Cologne, Germany.
Olsen gained worldwide recognition for her role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For her performance in Disney+’s WandaVision series, she earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for best actress in a miniseries. She has been recently receiving critical acclaim for her leading role in Max’s true crime limited drama Love & Death, in which she played axe murderer Candy Montgomery.
As for Vikander, The Danish Girl actress’ most recent project was the HBO miniseries Irma Vep, which is an adaptation of Olivier Assayas’ 1996 French movie of the same name. Before starring in The Assessment, she will next be seen in the historical drama Firebrand, in which she’ll play King Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr.
What to Expect in The Assessment?
The Assessment will be directed by French filmmaker Fleur Fortuné in his directorial feature debut. The screenplay is written by Nell Garfath-Cox, Dave Thomas and John Donnelly. The project has received a funding of 1 million euros from the Cologne regional film fund Filmstiftung NRW. The film is a production by Number 9 Films and Filmproduktion.
“Set in a world destroyed by climate change,” reads the synopsis. “Part of society has created a parallel world for itself. Life is controlled and optimized, and the desire to have children is also not left to chance. The lives of a successful young couple are therefore put under close scrutiny by a female assessor over the course of seven days.”