Actress Emma Watson attends the 2015 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Jazz Hall at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (
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By Eliana Dockterman
Updated: June 24, 2015 6:54 PM ET

Correction appended, Oct. 9

Emma Watson is about to become a tech wizard.

Variety reports the actress is set to star opposite Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ New York Times bestseller The Circle.

The novel follows a young woman named Mae (Watson) who lands a job at a massive tech company called The Circle (think: the power of Google, the influence of Facebook and the machinations of Hooli). It takes a dark turn when Mae meets a mysterious older man (Hanks) and begins to reckon with the deterioration of privacy in a world full of surveillance technology and linked with social media networks.

Eggers is best known for his memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) will adapt the novel.

[Variety]

Read next: Her vs. The Circle: The Dangers of Trying to Remain Plugged In

Correction: The original version of this story misstated when Dave Eggers published The Circle.

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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