EXCLUSIVE: Karen Gillan has been tapped to co-star in James Ponsoldt’s film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ The Circle. The Doctor Who and Guardians Of The Galaxy actress joins a loaded cast that includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega.
Gillan has been set to play Annie, a warm, cute, goofy, old-money confident and fiercely intelligent member of The Circle, an Internet monopoly that links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system. The result is one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency — which turns out not to always be a good thing.
The movie was one of the hottest titles in Cannes earlier this year, when Alicia Vikander was attached to star opposite Hanks as a college graduate who goes to work at the conglom. Watson took over when Vikander exited among a bevy of other offers following her breakout success in Ex Machina — she ended up landing a lead role in the next Jason Bourne movie.
Gillan’s upcoming projects include the Adam McKay pic The Big Short, Ti West’s Western In The Valley Of Violence and the Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel in which she reprises her role a Nebula. She also has been cast in HBO’s period drama pilot The Devil You Know. The Scotland-born actress is repped by UTA, Troika in the UK and Jacoway, Tyerman.