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‘Boyhood’ Actor Ellar Coltrane Joins Tom Hanks in ‘The Circle’

Ellar Coltrane has lined up his next gig after his breakout role in Oscar nominee “Boyhood,” having signed on to join Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle,” sources confirm to Variety.

John Boyega, Bill Paxton and Karen Gillan are also set to join the cast. Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) is directing from his own script, based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name.

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.

Eggers’ novel focuses on a young woman who is hired for a big job at an online monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with a universal operating system. The novel turns into a thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where privacy is obsolete.

The pic is Coltrane’s first film following his role as Mason in Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking indie “Boyhood,” where Coltrane was filmed over a 12 year span.

He is repped by UTA and Cinetic Management. The story was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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