John Boyega joins Tom Hanks & Emma Watson in James Ponsoldt’s The Circle

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According to Deadline, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and ATTACK THE BLOCK star John Boyega has landed a lead role in THE CIRCLE, joining the previously cast Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. The upcoming techno thriller from director James Ponsoldt (THE END OF THE TOUR, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, SMASHED) is based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name, and Ponsoldt also wrote the script.

Boyega will play Ty, an employee at The Circle (which is co-owned by Hank's character) who ends up developing a relationship with Watson's Mae Holland after she starts working for the tech company.

Here's the full book description from Amazon:

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.

THE CIRCLE will begin production next month, and will likely be released sometime in 2016. John Boyega can be seen next in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, which is due in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Source: Deadline

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