Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson Circling Alex Garland

Actors both in talks for robot indie thriller.

Screenwriter Alex Garland (‘Dredd,’ ‘Never Let Me Go,’ ‘Sunshine,’ ‘The Beach,’ ’28 Days Later’) is believed to be courting Oscar Isaac (‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) and Domhnall Gleeson (‘Dredd’) to star in his directorial debut ‘Ex Machina.’

Penned by Garland (‘28 Days Later’), the indie thriller follows a billionaire programmer who handpicks a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and participate in a test involving his latest invention – an artificially intelligent female robot.

Sources close to the project tell TheWrap that Isaac is being eyed for the role of the billionaire, while Gleeson is confirmed to be in talks for the role of his employee.

Felicity Jones (‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’) and Alicia Vikander (‘A Royal Affair’) are said to be among several up-and-coming young actresses in consideration for the coveted female lead.

‘Ex Machina’ will be produced by Scott Rudin (‘The Social Network’) and Eli Bush (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’), and Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA Films.