Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt has been cast in the star-studded adaptation of Dave Eggar’s best-seller, THE CIRCLE. The veteran funnyman joins Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega and Karen Gillan in director James Ponsoldt’s tale about a college grad (Watson) who goes to work for The Circle, an Internet monopoly that 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–which turns out not to always be a good thing.
Oswalt will portray Tom Stenton, a stone-faced, power suited executive in the vein of Gordon Gekko. He’s one of the founders of The Circle along with characters played by Hanks and Boyega.
The Circle drew considerable interest at Cannes with Alicia Vikander attached. Watson stepped in after Vikander left to focus other projects, namely the next Jason Bourne flick. The Circle is nevertheless expected to be a hot ticket item amongst distributors at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Oswalt first gained notoriety as a stand-up comic in the early 2000s while portraying Spence Olchin on The King of Queens. Recently he’s had recurring roles on Veep and Bojack Horseman.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer