by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Alicia Vikander just can’t seem to stay away from tech thrillers these days.
After playing manipulating and beautiful A.I. Ava in the recent hit Ex Machina, the actress has signed on for another cautionary tech tale in The Circle, from director James Ponsoldt. Also starring is veteran actor Tom Hanks.
The Circle is an adaptation of David Egger’s 2013 novel. The synopsis from Amazon had the following description for the book:
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.
So where Ex Machina warned us about the dangers of artificial intelligence, it looks like The Circle will try and warn us about how dangerous it is to have so much information available at the stroke of a few keys on a keyboard.
Vikander will play Mae Holland, while Hanks will be the co-owner of the company.
I thought Vikander was incredible in Ex Machina. She had just the right mix of beauty and viciousness, like a wild animal that’s been caged and knows that soon it will get out. I’m hoping she brings some of that to this role, but shows maybe a little more vulnerability.
No release date has been hinted at as of yet, but with this type of story it will surely be relevant no matter when it emerges and hits the multiplexes.