Emma Watson has left her days playing Hermione Granger behind – following her role as a free-spirited teen in last year’s acclaimed drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower - with a more troubling and darker exploration of adolescence, which is releasing under the title The Bling Ring.
This inspired-by-true-events tale is about fame-obsessed teenagers who (through the magic of the Internet) track down where local celebrities live, in order to rob them blind and live the good life. It comes from Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and was funded by Megan Ellison through A24, which also backed this month’s similar project about destructive and self-centered young people (ie. filmmaker Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers).
Joining Watson as members of the Bling Ring cast are Leslie Mann (This Is 40) as her mother in the film. Meanwhile, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Israel Broussard (Flipped) are familiar faces playing under-age miscreants in the film, alongside such lesser-knowns and newcomers as Katie Chang, Georgia Rock, Carlos Miranda and Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister’s daughter Claire Pfister.
Here’s an early look at Watson in The Bling Ring (via Indiewire):
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Bling Ring appears to fall closer to the livelier filmmaking style of Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, as opposed to her moody Impressionism approach on such films as The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and Somewhere (but in a contemporary setting, unlike Marie). The use of pop music seems effective, while the security cam angle shown in the trailer comes off as a refreshing variation to found-footage – in terms of examining the younger generation’s obsession with recording everything they do (no matter how it might come back to bite them).
All things considered, Watson’s involvement alone should bring Coppola’s new film more attention than it would have gotten otherwise (outside the indie community, that is). The director has her fair share of unrelenting supporters and detractors, so we’ll have to wait and find out if this project manages to unite them more than her other movies released after Lost in Translation.
The Bling Ring begins a limited theatrical release on June 14th, 2013.