Release Date: April 28, 2017
Director: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Emma Watson, John Boyega, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan
There’s never been any doubt that Emma Watson is a star. We’ve seen her star quality in the Harry Potter films, and it’s only grown with leading roles in Perks of a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, and an active role in the feminist movement. But 2017 might just propel Watson even further into the stratosphere with two big movies: Beauty and the Beast, and more interestingly, The Circle.
Based on literary darling Dave Eggers’ novel, The Circle is a sci-fi thriller about Mae, a new employee at a internet company that seems very Facebook/Google/Apple-esque and is headed by a man clearly inspired by Steve Jobs (played by Tom Hanks). John Boyega plays a mystery man who shows Mae what’s happening under the too-perfect surface of a company that promises to solve any problem that could plague humanity, including illness and hunger. Written and directed by the incredibly talented James Ponsoldt (watch The Spectacular Now ASAP), The Circle looks like an episode of Black Mirror—and with Watson leading, that’s a terrifyingly good thing. —Kerensa Cadenas