Friday, 29 May 2015

Alicia Vikander set for The Circle

After impressing this year with Testament Of Youth (2014) and Alex Garland's directing debut Ex Machina, Alicia Vikander is naturally in demand. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that she is now making a deal to co-star with Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks) in The Circle.

The script, adapted from Dave Eggers' novel by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), who is also in the director's chair, follows a young woman (Vikander) hired to work for the titular internet megacorp. The idea behind the company is uniting users' email, social media, banking and online shopping in its universal operating system as one identity, with this leading to a new age of transparency and civility.

But of course, it's not that simple – and the story becomes a thriller that exploits the dangers of a digital life where all personal data is collected and pervasive surveillance means that privacy is a thing of the past. And our heroine learns that she is also at risk when she starts a relationship with the charismatic co-owner of the company (Hanks).

IM Global is sold the foreign distribution rights at the Cannes Film Market earlier this month, and we expect a deal to come through quickly given the talent attached. Vikander will next be seen in Guy Ritchie's (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (out 14 August), culinary comedy Adam Jones (2 October), real life drama The Danish Girl (1 January 2016) and The Light Between Oceans, which arrives on 8 January next year.

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