Variety reported in February that EuropaCorp had bought domestic rights to the project, based on the international best-seller by Dave Eggers.
Hanks plays the founder of the world’s largest tech and social media company. He encourages Watson’s character, who’s rising through the company ranks, to live her life with complete transparency — but no one is really safe when everyone is watching. 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 film was written and directed by James Ponsoldt, whose credits include “The End of The Tour” and “The Spectacular Now. Producers are Gary Goetzman and Hanks for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story and Ponsoldt.
“The Circle” was fully financed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and is presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions.
It’s the third title to land on April 28, joining Universal’s untitled Blumhouse horror title and Pantelion’s “How to Be a Latin Lover.” “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” opens a week later.