John Boyega Joins Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 1:54PM
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 1:54PM
John Boyega Joins Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star has just chosen another sci-fi film as his first post-Star Wars role, as he has just joined Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Dave Eggers's The Circle. 

The Circle is a dystopian novel that takes place in a (fairly recognizable) near future, in which a huge conglomerate that absorbs Facebook, Google, Apple, and basically everything else begins to control all interpersonal interaction and erode society's sense of privacy. Watson will star as the protagonist, Mae Holland, who takes a job at the company after graduating from college, while Hanks will play the charismatic founder of the company, Kalden. Boyega will play Ty, described as "the iconized boy-wonder visionary" who develops a relationship with Watson's character.

Boyega's casting actually tells us a lot about the changes being made from the book to the film. In the novel, Mae begins a romantic relationship with the mysterious older man Kalden, who ultimately turns out to be Ty, the founder of The Circle. We thought it was a little gross, even by Hollywood standards, for Emma Watson to have a romantic relationship with Tom Hanks, who is almost 35 years her senior, so this makes much more sense. Plus, we're on board with director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour) making significant changes to the plot of the novel, as it was generally a case of great ideas hindered by so-so execution.

Here's the official synopsis of the novel:

Opening quote
"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.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. 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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