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EuropaCorp Lands James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Circle’ Adaptation, Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson

EuropaCorp Lands James Ponsoldt's 'The Circle' Adaptation, Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson

EuropaCorp has landed domestic distribution rights to James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle,” which is easily one of the most anticipated titles of the year currently in production. The movie’s ensemble cast features Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Ellar Coltrane. Variety first reported the deal.

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Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Eggers, “The Circle” stars Watson as a new employee at a dominant Internet company whose life begins to fall apart as she rises in the ranks. Filming started on the project back in September, meaning we could see EuropaCorp release the film this fall in an awards-ready release. No release information has been set. 

“We are thrilled to welcome such an innovative and talented writer and director as James Ponsoldt into the EuropaCorp family,” said EuropaCorp’s CEO Christophe Lambert in a statement. “We have been very passionate about this project since the first time we read it and are very pleased that ‘The Circle’ has found a home at EuropaCorp.”

The film represents the most ambitious project yet for Ponsoldt, whose small-scale and intimate relationship dramas “Smashed,” “The Spectacular Now” and last year’s “The End of the Tour” have garnered him widespread acclaim. Hanks and Boyega are also coming off two widely beloved performances in “Bridge of Spies” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” respectively.

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