Alex Garland has made a name for himself as a screenwriter, penning the scripts for movies like Dredd, and especially his collaborations with Danny Boyle, including 28 Days Later, The Beach, and Sunshine. However, his upcoming directorial debut, Ex Machina has us more excited than any of his previous projects. It’s been on our radar for quite some time, but now we know who will distribute it, as well as when we’ll finally see it, and there are two new posters to boot.
A24, the folks responsible for bringing the likes of The Rover, Life After Beth, and Under the Skin, as well as many others, to theaters this year, picked up the rights to Garland’s film, not to be confused with Bryan K. Vaughn’s excellent comic of the same name. We’ve seen a few scattered, random stills from the film, and it’s stars have talked about it from time to time in interviews, but now we know that A24 plans to release Ex Machina on April 10, 2015.
The story follows Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at a giant, Google-ish search engine company, who wins the chance to spend a week with the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) at his isolated mountain retreat. (It’s also worth noting that both of these actors will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII.) Nathan chose Caleb to help him with his latest creation, Ava (Alicia Vikander), a new form of artificial intelligence. Caleb is tasked with evaluating Ava’s consciousness and emotional capabilities, which turn out to be more “sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive–– than the two men could have imagined.”
A statement released by A24 says, “Alex Garland is already one of the most brilliant and distinctive writers working today. Ex Machina marks the beginning of an exciting new step for Alex the director, and we are thrilled to help bring his provocative vision to US audiences.”
Gleeson has said, “I’ve been lucky to read some phenomenal scripts in the past few years. The Alex Garland one ‘Ex Machina’ is absolutely tip-top superb. It’s a three-hander, a psychologically intense thriller. It’s me and Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. It’s beautiful.”
We’ve caught glimpses of Ava before, but the first poster, seen above, gives us our best view yet. She’s not only gorgeous, but you can tell by the expression on her face that she’s not going to be the most warm and fuzzy robot we’ve encountered in our lives. This poster appeared earlier today, before the A24 news broke…
…but the announcement also brought another new poster with it, so you get a two-fer today. This gives you a look at what Ava looks like underneath that metal mesh shirt she’s wearing in the first image, and you have to admit that it looks pretty creepy with no head or hands or skin.
It’s still possible that Ex Machina could debut at one of the early year festivals like Sundance or SXSW to build hype leading up to the release, but right now there’s no word on if that’s going to be the case or not yet. We’ll keep you apprised of the situation, and in reality, a fest premiere doesn’t impact most of us in any way as we’ll all have to wait until April to set eyes on this regardless. But at least now we have a date to circle on our calendar.