Tom Hanks is the type of actor who can easily jump from one genre to another (comedy, drama, sci-fi, romance) and no one questions it. He’s played some of the most iconic characters from the last few decades, and he’s doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. This year alone, Hanks generated Oscar buzz with his performance in director Clint Eastwood’s Sully – and the actor’s slate of upcoming projects is just as impressive.
Hanks will next star in the adaptation of Dave Eggers’ best-selling novel, The Circle. Hanks, as it were, appeared in another Eggers adaptation this year, in the form of A Hologram for the King. Looking back the actor’s long line of characters who exude intelligence and esteem, it seems only natural that Hanks would be drawn to Eggers’ storytelling style. The only difference with The Circle, however, is that Hanks will be taking a role that mirrors the likes of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. That creative choice will surely be a talking point for the film, and now fans and newcomers alike can get a closer look.
EuropaCorp has now released an official trailer for The Circle online. While Hanks pops up every now and again, the bulk of the footage focuses on the film’s protagonist, played by Emma Watson. The Harry Potter alum stars alongside up and comers John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), as well as Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Patton Oswalt (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), among other name actors. The movie was written and directed for the big screen by The Spectacular Now‘s John Ponsoldt. Take a look at the trailer for The Circle, above.
The Circle centers around new grad Mae Holland (Watson) who’s hired at a Silicon Valley tech company called The Circle. She gets involved with the company’s head, Eamon Bailey (Hanks), and soon discovers the many highly-advanced capabilities of The Circle – in particular, the SeeChange cameras. These are glass eyeballs that can be placed anywhere, and transmit real-time footage wirelessly. This, of course, feels very similar to something like the iPhone, which can fit in your pocket and film anything without much notice from bystanders. Indeed, the story is eerily relevant to the modern state of technology, and especially how everyone and everything is being watched.
This film really has the potential to become a real eye-opener. As illustrated by Bailey’s sermons of how knowledge is power and that we are better off for having it in the trailer, there are so many areas of modern society that The Circle‘s social commentary can be applied to. What remains to be seen is how well The Circle examines those ideas. Similar films like The Fifth Estate, Blackhat and Snowden all just grazed over the biggest — and most sensitive — topics of technology. Hopefully that will all change with The Circle. There’s a lot of talent in front of and behind the camera here, which could help give the film the boost it needs.