Alicia Vikander Set to Star Alongside Tom Hanks (and Remain in a Dystopic Future) in an Adaptation of Dave Eggers’s “The Circle”
The Ex Machina star will once again find herself in the middle of a high-stakes Orwellian battle, just this time on the other side.
Winning over everyone’s hearts (and then some) in Ex Machina as Ava, an Oscar Isaac-created android that blurs the line between human and robot, Alicia Vikander is riding a tidal wave of hype that has her set to appear in a number of high-interest upcoming projects, including Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, in addition to a few smaller-scale productions alongside no-names like Michael Fassbender (Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans) and Christoph Waltz (Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever).
The latest announced project for Vikander, an adaptation of Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel The Circle, finds her returning to the near-future of Ex Machina, and once again grappling with a Google-esque super-corporation bordering on Big Brother levels of control. Vikander will play Mae Holland, a post-grad who lands a job on the campus of the illustrious Circle organization, and co-star Tom Hanks as one of the mysterious hoodie-wearing co-founders of said organization. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) will direct.
No word on a potential release date for The Circle, but this will be the second Tom Hanks/Dave Eggers collaboration in the works following the Tom Tykwer-helmed adaptation of A Hologram for the King, which is due later this year. Probably gonna be a few less drone chase scenes in that one.