Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander to Star in 'The Circle' Alongside Tom Hanks

Monday, 11 May 2015 - 12:45PM
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Monday, 11 May 2015 - 12:45PM
Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander to Star in 'The Circle' Alongside Tom Hanks
Ex Machina breakout Alicia Vikander is set to star in the upcoming adaptation of Dave Eggers's dystopian novel The Circle. She will play the protagonist, Mae Holland, while Tom Hanks will play the male lead.

Vikander's performance in Ex Machina, as well as previous efforts such as Anna Karenina, have proven that she is a force to be reckoned with, so this can only be good news for fans of the Eggers novel. For my part, one of my major complaints about the novel was the lack of compelling characterization for the protagonist, so casting a talented actress who could add some layers to a lackluster character is essential. 

According to initial reports, Hanks is set to play Kalden, a mysterious older man with whom Vikander's character gets involved. He's not the first actor we would pick for a sketchy, corporate type, but he's versatile, I guess? (Now if we could just get our dream pick, Reese Witherspoon, to play Annie...)

The book synopsis reads:

"When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge."

Via THR.
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