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Emma Watson and Tom Hanks starring in adaptation of tech satire The Circle

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Dave Eggers' The Circle, a satirical novel about how a dominating Google-esque tech corporation erodes humanity's concept of personal privacy, is getting a star-studded movie adaptation. Emma Watson is set to play the lead role of a new employee at the titular Circle, according to Variety and Deadline. Tom Hanks will star across her in an unknown role, and is also producing.

"Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to The Circle," says director James Ponsoldt, who is adapting the film with his own script. The Circle was an overwrought but entertaining novel that read more or less like a movie in the first place, so the project could well have mainstream potential. Shooting starts in September.