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Alicia Vikander Joins Tom Hanks In James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Circle’

Alicia Vikander Joins Tom Hanks In James Ponsoldt's 'The Circle'

I declare 2015 The Year Of Vikander. The year isn’t even half over and Alicia Vikander has already appeared in “Seventh Son,” “Son Of A Gun,” and “Ex Machina.” In the coming months the actress will be seen in “Testament Of Youth,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Adam Jones,” “Tulip Fever,” and “The Danish Girl.” Vikander is everywhere right now, and that’s not about to change.

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THR reports that she’ll be joining Tom Hanks in the James Ponsoldt-penned and directed adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ “The Circle.” The story follows a young woman who lands a job at a powerful tech company, only to realize things aren’t what they seem. Here’s the book synopsis: 

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.

The project is being shopped around Cannes, and no word yet on when it might shoot. Presumably this one will require some strong pre-sales before cameras roll, but it’s certainly shaping up to be one that’s hard to resist for potential buyers.

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