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Karen Gillan Joins Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega in ‘The Circle’

“Guardians of the Galaxy” actress Karen Gillan will star alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega in James Ponsoldt’s upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle.”

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.

In one of the lead roles, Gillan will portray a goofy but intelligent employee at 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.

The Scottish actress starred in the BBC series “Doctor Who.” She is repped by UTA and Troika in the UK. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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