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Emma Watson to star in The Circle opposite Tom Hanks

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Emma Watson has logged on for a starring role in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ The Circle, opposite Tom Hanks.

James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) is directing the project from his own script.

Watson will play a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet company 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.

The Circle is being produced by Ponsoldt, Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone and Anthony Bregman for Likely Story. Filming is due to begin this September in California.

“Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity, and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to The Circle,” Ponsoldt said.

Watson’s recent film projects have included Noah and The Bling Ring, along with playing Belle in the upcoming live-action musical retelling of Beauty and the Beast.