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Emma Watson to Help Form Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’

If you had bet that Sofia Coppola’s next film would deal with disaffected young women in some way, then it turns out you’re a big winner. And if you imagined it would be a look at the bored lives of the rich and depressed, then congratulations, you were pretty spot-on. But what may come as a surprise is that, despite Coppola’s trademark inert style, her next film is going to have something of an action element.

Based at least in part on true events, The Bling Ring tells the tale of a group of fashion- and celebrity-obsessed teens in Beverly Hills who form a crime ring and proceed to break into celebrity homes. Coppola says that the film will “reveal a sobering view of our modern culture,” which sounds about right if you replace the word “sobering” with the word “infuriating.”

The movie is intended to be an ensemble piece, and Coppola says of pre-production so far, “I’m excited about the young cast we’re assembling and I’m looking forward to shooting on location here in Los Angeles.” While most of the specifics of who make up this exciting young cast aren’t known, we do know that Coppola and her producers have landed a pretty huge name already.

Fresh off of her lengthy and super successful run as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson is ready to take a break from her scholarly studies and help take the piss out of  celebrity worship in this one. While opinions on Coppola’s somewhat divisive works vary, I think everyone can agree that it’s nice to see Watson transition so seamlessly from what could have been a defining and limiting role into working alongside some of the most respected young talent in Hollywood. Add this collaboration with Coppola to the fact that Watson just worked with multiple time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn, and the rumblings that she’s going to reunite with director David Yates for Your Voice in my Head, and Watson looks like an actress who is making all the right moves post-Potter. [Variety]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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