Another round of Hollywood musical chairs has played out with
Production companies Playtone and Likely Story announced Wednesday that Watson has boarded writer-director James Ponsoldt's adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2013 novel.
The "Harry Potter" alumna will portray a young woman who takes a choice job with an Internet company called the Circle, which links users' email, social media, banking and purchases with a universal operating system. Soon, however, she begins to grapple with the dangers of an increasingly digitized world.
Hanks, who is also a producer on the film, will play a mysterious older man. Production is scheduled to start in September in California.
"Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to 'The Circle,'" Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now") said in the announcement.
Vikander, the Swedish star of the sci-fi film "Ex Machina," had previously been attached to "The Circle" but exited recently. She is now set to star alongside Damon and