The Eroticism of Alicia V

She seduces us all in Tulip Fever

Above: ALICIA VIKANDER, ANNA KARENINA (2012)

BY: Claire Connors

The very definition of ingénue, Alicia Vikander may be 28, but she could easily pass for someone much younger. In fact, she’s playing the 21-year-old Lara Croft in the origin story of the iconic video game character in the next installment of Tomb Raider, due out in 2018.

According to her boyfriend, Irish actor Michael Fassbender, whom she met and fell in love with on the set of their film The Light Between Oceans, Vikander is “a very fierce performer and very brave, testing the boundaries and how far you can go.”

Yes, she’s talented and fearless, but it’s Vikander’s timeless beauty, which allows her to bounce effortlessly between centuries, that we find so fascinating. In the last five years the Swedish actress has played a cheating Queen in 18th Century Denmark in A Royal Affair, a breathtaking and heartbreaking humanoid A.I. in the futuristic mystery, Ex Machina, the mod, 60s—and very sexy—sidekick to Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and the sympathetic, 1920s wife married to transgender artist Einar Wegener in The Danish Girl, for which she won an Oscar.

In her next film, Tulip Fever, Vikander once again shows off her enviable décolletage in this historical costume drama set in Amsterdam during the tulip mania of the 17th Century. From the looks of this sensuous trailer, nothing gets a bodice ripping faster than forbidden desire between lovers (Vikander and boyishly handsome Dane DaHaan) behind the back of a boorish husband played by the devilish Christoph Waltz. Tulip Fever is in theaters August 25th.