Emma Watson To Star In Sofia Coppola's Next Film 'The Bling Ring'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 29, 2012 2:46 PM
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...and just like that, Emma Watson has quickly and boldly distanced herself from Hermione. Now that the franchise is over, the "Harry Potter" actress has been making strides to distance herself from the character she's best known for. And she's been making smart moves. She took a small (if thankless) role in "My Week With Marilyn," has the teen drama "Perks of Being a Wallflower" on the way this year, will next star in 'Potter' helmer David Yates' depression drama "Your Voice In My Head" and recently signed on to the lead in Guillermo del Toro's "Beauty and the Beast." And yet again, she's made another great move.

The actress will lead Sofia Coppola's next effort, "The Bling Ring." The project first surfaced before the end of last year, and it's another view of the wealthy and privileged, albeit with a different twist. The film will be based on the true story on The Burglar Bunch aka Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch aka The Bling Ring, a group of teenagers who pulled off some brazen heists of celebrity homes, including those of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Megan Fox and Orlando Bloom, taking up to $3 million dollars worth of goods. The group was made up seven affluent teenagers, including Alexis Neiers, a socialite of sorts who, at the time, was filming her own reality show "Pretty Wild."

While early reports suggested Neiers' sister Tess Taylor would be taking a role, that doesn't seem to be the case. Moreover, we wouldn't be surprised if Coppola uses the true story merely as a jumping off point, although it remains to be seen what approach she will take. Either way, Coppola has shown a tremendous talent for bringing out the best in the actresses she works with and we're excited to see what she'll do here.

Coppola will write and direct the picture, with filming to take place in Los Angeles. No word yet on a start date. [Variety]

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5 Comments

  • Blabla | March 7, 2012 5:16 AMReply

    Great news! Can't wait ! Disagree with Unconviced. No overacting from Emma Watson in her last movies. She was excellent in the last HP movies (esp HP 7.1). And she was quite good in My Week With Marylin.

  • paul | February 29, 2012 8:31 PMReply

    is that name going to stay?

  • Unconvinced | February 29, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    There must be something I'm missing here, because I thought that Emma Watson really wasn't very convincing in My Week With Marilyn.... A thankless role maybe, but my problem was that I just think she did her classic Potter-style overacting!

  • rodie | February 29, 2012 6:35 PMReply

    Wow, a Sofia Coppola film I am actually excited about seeing.

  • CI | February 29, 2012 3:46 PMReply

    Absolutely cannot wait for this pairing. Here is the press release:

    "LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 29, 2012) – Sofia Coppola has cast Emma Watson (HARRY POTTER franchise) in her new film, THE BLING RING. Inspired by real events, the film follows a group of teenagers who take part in a string of celebrity burglaries. Watson will lead an ensemble cast.

    THE BLING RING will begin shooting this spring in Los Angeles.

    In addition to directing THE BLING RING from her screenplay, Coppola will produce the feature with Roman Coppola and Youree Henley. Executive producers for the picture are Fred Roos and Michael Zakin.

    THE BLING RING shows a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and fame who burglarized the homes of celebrities in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, the teens would break-in and steal designer clothes and possessions. Reflecting on the naiveté of youth, amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, the members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that nearly any teenager would find hard to resist. What starts out as youthful fun spins out of control and reveals a sobering view of our modern culture."

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