STAR WARS Star John Boyega Joins Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in THE CIRCLE

James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed, The End of the Tour) already had two terrific actors lined up to star in his new movie The Circle, and now he's found a male lead that just so happens to be one of the leads in what will surely be the biggest film of 2015: Deadline reports that John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) has joined Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the tech-based thriller.

Boyega (who delivered a killer performance in Attack the Block) will play Ty, "the iconized boy-wonder visionary of the Circle," which is an internet company that combines all aspects of a user's life into one online identity. He and Watson (who plays a fellow employee) develop a relationship as their privacy is inevitably wiped away.

The young actor is a great addition to this cast, and I can't wait to see him and Watson share the screen together. Since I haven't read Dave Eggers' novel (on which this film is based), I'm also very curious to see how Hanks plays into this whole story. Filming begins next month, so we should see this hit theaters sometime in 2016.

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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