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Emma Watson to star in 'The Circle' with Tom Hanks

'The Circle' centres on a totalitarian surveillance society

By Andrea Tim | Published: 25 Jun 2015

Emma Watson's gig
Photo: Jack Shea/Starshots/Broadimage/TPG

Emma Watson will play the female lead opposite Tom Hanks in science fiction thriller The Circle, directed by James Ponsoldt (he worked with Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in Spectacular Now).

The film is based on the Dave Eggers' novel of the same name, which follows an ambitious college graduate's career at a powerful tech company called The Circle. The Circle provides the finest technology including SeeChange cameras that are designed to allow the wearer's daily life to be shared publicly – politicians utilise this for full transparency. The deeper The Circle reaches into society, the more totalitarian it becomes. Think George Orwell's 1984, but with Emma as someone who falls in line with the new regime.

The Wrap reports that Alicia Vikander was meant to play Emma's role first but turned it down to be in the fifth Bourne film, tentatively set for a 2016 release. Emma herself has been attracting strong roles in serious films opposite prominent actors like Ethan Hawke in Regression, Daniel Brühl in Colonia and Luke Evans in Beauty and the Beast, the last of which is currently in production.

The Circle has yet to announce a release date, but we hope we'll get to watch Emma set new rules to a frightening surveillance society in cinemas here.

Related: Watch the trailer for 'He Named Me Malala'
Related: Emma Watson is taunted by a satanic cult in 'Regression'


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