A new technological thriller is in the works based on Dave Egger's novel The Circle. The film will feature Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as producer and actor. Hanks will be joined by Emma Watson, who will play the lead in the upcoming movie.

The Circle is an original story which was written by American author Dave Egger and published in October 2013. The plot follows a recent college graduate who joins a powerful Internet company, which starts out as incredibly rewarding experience, but eventually everything falls apart. The story explores the perils of life in a digital age, especially regarding the absence of privacy, the way personal data is collected, and the way people are monitored online.

Tom Hanks will produce and star in the movie, although his part hasn't been confirmed yet. The film will be directed by James Ponsoldt, who is mainly known for independent feature films Off the Black (2006), Smashed (2012), The Spectacular Now (2013), and The End of the Tour (2015). The lead role remained a question for long, but recently the 25-year-old Emma Watson has been chosen for the part. Ponsoldt is convinced Watson is the perfect candidate for the lead role in The Circle, and confirmed that she is one of his favorite actresses, whom he regards as incredibly talented, intelligent and sensitive.

The role will be another eclectic part for Watson, who is determined in setting herself apart from her career-founding role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies.

Indeed since the last episode of the franchise she has split her time between continuing her education (she earned a Bachelor's degree in English literature at Brown University in 2014), modeling and playing in several diverse projects. As an actress Watson has been taking on various challenging roles in the past years. She played lead roles in the teen comedy-drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and the satirical crime film The Bling Ring (2013), as well as the apocalyptic comedy This is the End (2013). For her performances she was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014, winning British Artist of the Year.