At long last, the yet-to-be-seen science fiction film “Ex Machina” has been picked up for US distribution. A24 Films will release the film on April 10, 2015.
Starring Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, this is the hotly buzzed-about Brit debut of Alex Garland, who has penned scripts for director Danny Boyle including “The Beach,” “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine.” Centered on a young programmer tapped to take part in a cutting-edge artificial intelligence experiment, “Ex Machina” has yet to land even at festivals (we hoped Fantastic Fest, but, alas) but is slated to premiere in the UK on January 23, 2015.
Here’s the official synopsis: Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.
Irish thesp Domhnall Gleeson has had a terrific year, from starring roles in well-reviewed fest hits “Frank” and “Calvary” to a top role in Angelina Jolie’s upcoming Louis Zamperini retelling “Unbroken,” slated for Christmas Day release. Oscar Isaac was swarthy and sexy in this Summer’s “The Two Faces of January,” and is a possible Oscar contender for J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” which we’ll see at AFI Fest next week.
“Most Violent Year” is also being released by A24, a smart young company that has done well with cool movies this year, from “Locke” to “Under the Skin.” Not all have done business, such as Jake Gyllenhaal succès d’estime “Enemy.” Small wonder that “Ex Machina” landed in the hands of an intrepid, risk-taking company.
“Ex Machina” was produced by DNA’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush executive produced the film along with former Film4 head Tessa Ross. Trailer and poster below: