John Boyega Cast in James Ponsoldt's Upcoming Film 'The Circle'

From Star Wars to Silicon Valley. Actor John Boyega has been cast in one of the main lead roles in James Ponsoldt's upcoming new film The Circle, an adaptation of Dave Eggers' book The Circle. With big news about Google and Amazon recently, including stories about the many people who work at those companies, it makes sense that this project is suddenly being pushed ahead. Last year we posted that Tom Hanks was circling a role, and Deadline confirms he's cast in The Circle along with Emma Watson. Boyega is the latest addition. He'll play Ty, the "iconized boy-wonder visionary of the Circle, an Internet monopoly which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system. The result is one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency." Sounds fun, I trust in Ponsoldt.

In the film, Boyage and another employee, played by Emma Watson, develop a relationship "as the perils of life in a digital age inevitably arise." John Boyega broke out with Attack the Block, and stars as Finn in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega also appeared in Imperial Dreams and Half of a Yellow Sun, and does voice work for the animation show "Major Lazer". I've been a huge fan of James Ponsoldt and his films for many years, one big reason being that he is particularly adept at casting very talented people and shaking them up, making them act with honesty and giving them a chance to really show their potential. I'm looking forward to this just based on the idea, and the director, and excellent cast. This should be good.

Ponsoldt, who last directed The End of the Tour (one of my favorite films this year), is also developing a project called Rodham about Hillary Rodham Clinton. However, that seems to be currently on hold and instead The Circle may be his next one to start filming, with pre-production underway. Stay tuned for more.