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Alicia Vikander Chooses ‘Bourne’ as Emma Watson Steps In For ‘The Circle,’ and More

Written by on June 24, 2015 

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Rising star Alicia Vikander has opted to take part in the next Bourne film instead of Assassin’s Creed, both shooting this fall. While The Lobster‘s Ariane Labed has replaced her for the latter film, this also places her out of contention of The Circle, which she was looking to star alongside Tom Hanks. Instead, a press release informs us that Emma Watson has replaced her in the James Ponsoldt-directed drama, which kicks off shooting in September. Based on Dave Eggers‘ novel, it follows a young woman (Watson) who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which 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. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete.

Speaking of replacements, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson’s Maps to the Stars reunion is no more for Brimstone. Instead, Dakota Fanning and Kit Harington have elected to take part in the thriller, directed by Martin Koolhoven. Screen Daily reports that the drama, also starring Guy Pearce, Carice van Houten, Paul Anderson, Jack Roth and Carl Juri, follows Fanning as a woman who goes on the run and is hunted by a a diabolical preacher named The Reverend (Pearce). Production is already underway.

josh_brolinNext up, Josh Brolin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Munn, Luke Evans, and David Oyelowo will make up the ensemble for Three Seconds, a new film directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders), according to The Wrap. Based on Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom‘s book, adapted by Matt Cook and Rowan Joffe, it’ll follow Evans as a man “who’s forced to go undercover in a prison as part of a FBI operation and must then escape on his own after he’s abandoned mid-mission.”

Which of the above projects are you most looking forward to?


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