Emma Watson being in a new movie is exciting. Tom Hanks being in a new movie is also exciting. Tom Hanks AND Emma Watson being in a movie together – well, that’s BIG, magical news.
The Harry Potter actress will star alongside Hanks in a film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ The Circle, a 2013 dystopian novel about a hellish world where all private data is collected and monetised for surveillance.
The book follows Mae (Watson), a 20-something who gets a job at the world’s most powerful tech company. She loves her career and soars through the ranks but things get dark when she meets a mysterious man (Hanks) and starts to realise how much of her privacy she’s giving up for the company.
According to Variety, Hanks will produce the film as well as star and filming is expected to begin in September for a 2016 release.
“Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to The Circle,” said director James Ponsoldt, who has also adapted the film from Eggers’ book.
A film about the perils of internet privacy will mark a significant change in subject matter for Watson, who will have just finished playing Belle in an adaptation of Disney fairytale Beauty and The Beast alongside Dan Stevens and Ian McKellen.
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