Cast­ing picks for ‘ Cir­cle,’ ‘ Bourne’

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Oliver Get­tell

Another round of Hol­ly­wood mu­si­cal chairs has played out with Emma Wat­son join­ing Tom Hanks in the cy­ber- thriller “The Cir­cle,” fill­ing the void left when Alicia Vikan­der re­cently de­parted the pro­ject.

Vikan­der, mean­while, has signed to costar with Matt Damon in the next in­stall­ment of the “Bourne” spy fran­chise.

“The Cir­cle” is writer- di­rec­tor James Pon­soldt’s adap­ta­tion of Dave Eg­gers’ 2013 novel. Wat­son 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.

Vikan­der, the Swedish star of the sci- f i f ilm “Ex Machina,” is set to star along­side Damon and Ju­lia Stiles in the to- be- ti­tled fifth film in the “Bourne” se­ries, a Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures spokesman said.

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