Emma Roberts Joins Heist Flick 'Empire State' With Dwayne Johnson & Liam Hemsworth

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by Joe Cunningham
March 12, 2012 10:58 AM
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After casting one of the new Expendables, Liam Hemsworth, and everybody's favourite thumb-with-a-face, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dito Montiel's heist flick "Empire State" had easily filled up it's beefcake quota, and now the balance is being redressed somewhat by adding a bit of much needed femininity into the mix.

Emma Roberts -- an actress who we're slowly growing to like more and more with each project -- will play a waitress in the film who serves as a potential love interest for Hemsworth's character. The film itself centers on Hemsworth's character and his childhood friend who plan to rob an armored car depository, but unfortunately for them an NYPD detective played by The Rock is out to bust them.

We like the casting of Roberts, but we hope for her sake that she has a little bit more to do than simply be Hemsworth's bit of skirt. It will probably depend on what tone the film is generally striving for -- does it want to be closer to "Armored" or to "Heat"? Either way, Roberts seems to be making interesting career choices that allow her to continue mixing things up. In the past few years she's flitted from small independent films like "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Art of Getting By," to high-profile fare like "Valentine's Day" and "Scream 4." She even jetted over to the U.K. to play a lead role in Noel Clarke's "4.3.2.1." Filming is set to start next month on "Empire State," so it will be a quick turnaround for Roberts who's currently filming Scott Coffey's "Adult World" with John Cusack.

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