Emma Watson Replaces Alicia Vikander in The Circle

Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 10:28AM
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 10:28AM
Emma Watson Replaces Alicia Vikander in The Circle
Emma Watson has been confirmed to star in the upcoming adaptation of Dave Eggers's dystopian novel, The Circle. She will play the protagonist, Mae, a new employee at an all-encompassing Facebook/Google-esque corporation, while Tom Hanks will co-star as the company's enigmatic co-owner. 

Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander was originally set to play Mae, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts after she was approached for Bourne 5 and Assassin's Creed. Once she officially left the project a few weeks ago, the film quickly sought after Watson, who will next be seen in Regression alongside Ethan Hawke (which looks amazing, incidentally) and playing Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

We love both Watson and Vikander, so we're no less excited for this project. They have very different personas, however, so Watson will make a very different Mae than Vikander would have. She's just as talented, and just as capable of adding some dimension to a completely flat, lackluster character (at least in the book), but my only concern is that she seems so much younger than Vikander. I was hesitant enough about Vikander and Hanks having a romantic/sexual plotline, but Watson 100% looks like his daughter. Hopefully they'll take some creative license there.

The official synopsis for the book reads:

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, 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... Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world-even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
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