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
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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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