THE CIRCLE is a gripping modern thriller, set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).


When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for THE CIRCLE, the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s charismatic founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and her every decision begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

The film also stars Patton Oswalt (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “The Goldbergs”) as the company’s other founders. Bill Paxton (Edge of Tomorrow, “Big Love”, Titanic) and Glenne Headly (Don Juan, Mr. Holland’s Opus) play Mae’s parents. Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Big Short) plays Annie, Mae’s best friend.

The film is directed by James Ponsoldt (“Master of None”, The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now) with a screenplay by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers, based on Eggers’ novel.

The core question of THE CIRCLE is: How does the world balance the benefits of a transparent society versus the human need for privacy?

This question was Ponsoldt’s primary focus as he adapted the book into a film, “when I read Dave’s book I loved it and I was terrified of it. It’s definitely a thriller, but there is an element of horror about it too. And mainly, and I think this will resonate with the audience as well, is because we see ourselves in the main character. I realized that Mae’s addictions are my addictions, to all my gadgets. I like my right to privacy, I value it very much. I don’t want to cede my privacy and I like that I can make a conscious choice about what I will share with the world. But there’s a trade that we make.” ~James Ponsoldt


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Source: STX Entertainment


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