Emma Watson Joins Tom Hanks in Thriller ‘The Circle’

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Emma Watson will star alongside Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt’s upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle.”

Shooting  will start in September in California. Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) is directing from his own script.

The film is being produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story and Ponsoldt. The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions.

IM Global is handling international sales while U.S. rights are being jointly repped by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.

Alicia Vikander had been attached to star in “The Circle” when the film was being sold at Cannes but has left the project.

Watson will portray an employee hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly 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.

Post-“Harry Potter,” Watson has starred in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Bling Ring” and “Noah” and is set to appear in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney.

“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 is represented by WME (U.S.), Untitled (U.S.) and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin (U.K.).

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  1. Chris says:

    I’ll always be in lust with Emma, but seriously she has zero on screen charisma. Just no acting chops at all.

  2. Ana says:

    She hasn’t prove it yet that she can sell for herself I mean HP doesn’t count. She is hiring again because of her fame and fan base which is sad but realistic since we know she can’t act.

    • Drew Gars says:


      • Yup, HP doesn’t count at all. She got that cuz she was pretty and could remember her lines as a child actress. She does it for me but it’s the exact same expression and tone on every movie. I mean, on Noah opposite such natural acting talent as Russel Crowe it was obvious she was there to pull in viewers alone.

  3. John says:

    Watson wasn’t cast because Vikander left the project. Producers wanted Watson because she can sell in US, something the Swedish can’t so they replaced her. Besides, this film sold at Cannes because of Tom Hanks and the promissing plot.

  4. Edward says:

    She is set to appear in Regression and Colonia this year.

    • Drew Gars says:

      They moved Colonia to 2016. Regression is the only one coming out this year.

      • Monia says:

        Regression was deleted, Test screening was awful and it will not distribuited in August. Probably will be directly on dvd

  5. Drew Gars says:


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