Ellar Coltrane has joined Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of The Circle, EW has confirmed.
Adapted from the 2013 Dave Eggers novel, The Circle stars Watson as a young woman hired to work at a tech company called the Circle, which creates a universal operating system including users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and more. As she climbs the company ladder and learns more about the Circle, the story turns into a thriller about privacy violations in the digital age. John Boyega, Karen Gillan, and Patton Oswalt round out the cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which was the first to report Coltrane’s casting, he will play Watson’s ex-boyfriend, who tries to escape the Circle’s reach by going off the grid. Coltrane is best known for his 12-year role in the Oscar-winning Boyhood.