Emma Watson, Tom Hanks team up for new tech thriller 'The Circle'


While many fans are waiting for this week's release of Emma Watson's live-action take on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," it is her next movie that may have fans reconsidering their online personas.

"The Circle" examines what happens when everyone lives their lives on social media.

Baised on Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, Watson portrays Mae Holland, who gets her dream job at a tech company called The Circle. 

>> Read more trending news  

The company, founded by Eamon Bailey, played by Tom Hanks, monitors every moment of everybody's life and makes all those moments available to anyone online.

The movie's director, James Ponsoldt, told USA Today that, "Bailey's notion is knowing is good, and knowing everything is better."

"He believes all experiences should be available to everyone, not only the privileged or people who can afford to them. He's deeply interested in technology that can make people share all human experiences with everyone," Ponsoldt added.

Holland (Watson) adopts the no-holds-barred access by sharing everything with strangers via new camera technology that fits anywhere and broadcasts in real-time wirelessly.

She becomes famous, so much so the freedom of broadcasting her entire life becomes her prison.

And while movie-goers will see striking similarities to current tech companies, Ponsoldt told USA Today that it isn't based on any one company.

"'The Circle' is probably like many tech companies, pushing ethical boundaries over how much autonomy and freedom we should have and how much privacy we should have, Ponsoldt said.

"The Circle" also stars John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Bill Paxton in his last movie. It hits theaters on April 28.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Living

Kim Schaper, 39, of Atlanta lost 58 pounds
Kim Schaper, 39, of Atlanta lost 58 pounds

Former weight: 190 pounds Current weight: 132 pounds Total pounds lost: 58 pounds Height: 5 feet 4 inches Age: 39 years How long she’s kept it off: She reached her current weight in 2013. “I weighed only 75 pounds, then went up to 190 pounds, and then back down to 132 pounds — this is my healthy weight,” Schaper said. Personal...
You can hit a wall riding at home
You can hit a wall riding at home

Between living alone and working at home, and food delivery, Netflix and FaceTime, I sometimes feel like a particularly luxe and cheerful agoraphobe. But exercising remains something I have to leave the house for. Maybe not for long, though. There’s no excuse that applies to trekking to the gym if it’s a few yards from your bed. The exercise...
Review: Express aims high with lofty ‘Angels in America’
Review: Express aims high with lofty ‘Angels in America’

In a mammoth effort, Actor’s Express tackles the celebrated Tony Kushner drama “Angels in America” in all its sprawling glory, with concurrent productions of both parts to the epic saga. “Part One: Millennium Approaches,” directed by Martin Damien Wilkins (“Father Comes Home From the Wars”), unfolds over...
Megyn Kelly still angry at Jane Fonda, calls her ‘Hanoi Jane’ months after plastic surgery tiff
Megyn Kelly still angry at Jane Fonda, calls her ‘Hanoi Jane’ months after plastic surgery tiff

It seems that neither Megyn Kelly or Jane Fonda has forgotten about that awkward September interview in which Fonda shut Kelly down after the latter asked about possible plastic surgery. >> Read more trending news    In the interview, Kelly asked Fonda about aging and plastic surgery when she and Robert Redford were on &ldquo...
Man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees
Man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees

Posted Monday, January 22, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog A Michigan man was arrested for threatening to come to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters and murder employees, according to a CBS46 report. The FBI arrested the man after he made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago. The story did not...
More Stories