Emma Watson to star in film adaptation of Dave Eggers' tech company dystopia The Circle

The actress will appear in the movie alongside Tom Hanks

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She’s played a Muggle-born witch, a Biblical daughter and an angst-ridden teenager - and now Emma Watson will take on her next role as a beleaguered employee of a US technology giant.

Watson will star alongside Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers' dystopian novel The Circle, which imagines a world where one leading technology company (think Google or Facebook) strives to rule the planet by invading people’s privacy.

Watson will play Mae Holland, a recent graduate who secures a job at The Circle, which offers employees dorm-like housing, a gym and regular campus parties, while also insisting they interact over 100 times a day on social media and share personal details about themselves and their families with the rest of the world.

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Mae struggles to keep up with the demands of The Circle, but later becomes one of the company’s favourite employees after agreeing to surrender her privacy to be a guinea pig in a global social experiment.

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She is forced to question her role in the company’s quest for world domination when she meets a dark, mysterious employee lurking around campus who is cynical about The Circle’s motives.


Hanks is expected to star as one of the company’s three owners, the so-called “Three Wise Men”.

The role will be Watson’s fifth major part since the Harry Potter franchise ended in 2011. She has since starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, This is the End, and Noah.

Filming on The Circle will begin in September, with a release date scheduled for 2016.