Emma Watson Joins ‘The Circle’ Adaptation In Lead Role & It's The Perfect Casting Choice

Well, well, well — isn’t this just Emma Watson’s year? First, much to every book-loving girl’s delight, the actress was confirmed to play the lead in the live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Now, her next project has been revealed — and, dare I say, it's even better. According to The Wrap, Watson has joined The Circle , which is based on a novel of the same name by Dave Eggers, and will be starring opposite Tom Hanks. Happy dance, anyone?

Seriously, I'm calling it now: Watson is literally about to rule Hollywood, and The Circle is just one more step in her awesome journey. Watson is slated to star as Mae Holland, a recent college graduate who lands a job at a tech company and slowly works her way up the ranks. If you’ve read the book, you know it gets kind of crazy — and although the genre is science fiction and the story is very much dystopian, the links to our reality are pretty clear within the themes of the book.

There are so many reasons why I was already pumped about the movie (namely because the book rocked and Eggers is always great), but, now that Watson has signed on, I’m skipping in circles around my room. (Get it? CIRCLES.)

...ahem. Cheesy puns aside, this is great news for all of us Watson fans out there. Here are just a few of the reasons Watson joining this film is the best news ever:

1. We Need Watson To Do A Dystopian Film

How long have I been dying for this girl to take on a sci-fi franchise? Uh, just forever.

2. She'll Have No Problem Leading A Huge Movie Like This One

This girl can totally command an entire movie audience without even batting an eye — this movie is going to rock with her at the helm.

3. It Will Be The Perfect Follow Up To Beauty And The Beast

First a fairytale musical, then a sci-fi movie? Watson's got major acting range, and she's not afraid to show it.

4. It’s A Political Piece

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Though it's not clear where film version of Eggers’ book will ultimately take the plot, the novel itself is definitely super political with some pretty obvious symbolism about everyone's right to privacy and how we all control information in an increasingly digital age. Watson playing a political role? This is so, so right. I can’t wait for the interviews about the film, because I just know she'll have some super smart things to say about the themes of this novel.

Thank you, Emma Watson, for once again making my day with this glorious news. Now, who else is totally ready to go camp out outside of the movie theater for this film?

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