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After ‘Harry Potter’: Emma Watson joins Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Will Perkins
Wide Screen
June 11, 2012

Since the blockbuster conclusion of the "Harry Potter" franchise last summer with "The Deathly Hallows - Part 2," many have been looking to see what the series' still-young cast would do next. Extricating oneself from a career-defining role in a major franchise is no easy task after all (just ask "Luke Skywalker" himself, Mark Hamill).

To their credit, though, the young actors are trying their best. Star Daniel Radcliffe wasted no time attempting to break the "Potter" mold by starring in the hit gothic horror film "The Woman in Black" earlier this year. The actor will next play beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming "Kill Your Darlings," a murder mystery centered on writers Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs. Ginsberg -- a gay, counter-culture icon -- is about as far from a teenage wizard as you can get.

Emma Watson -- best known as "Harry Potter's" Hermione Granger -- is already racking up some pretty interesting post-"Potter" roles as well. After a small part in 2011's "My Week With Marilyn," Watson took on a number of starring roles in films due out next year. The 22-year-old actress can next be seen in Stephen Chbosky's coming-of-age drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," and Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," a film about a group of obsessed fans who rob celebrities.

She has even more movies on the docket, including a supporting role in the Seth Rogen/Jay Baruchel comedy "The End of the World." However, Watson's most high-profile post-"Potter" part may have more to do with the biblical end of the world.

Deadline is reporting that Watson is currently in talks to join director Darren Aronofsky's ("Black Swan") mysterious bible epic "Noah." She would play Ila, a woman who becomes involved with Noah's son Shem (Douglas Booth). The Aronofsky film, starring Russell Crowe as the titular ark architect, would reunite Watson with "Wallflowers" co-star Logan Lerman, who plays Noah's other son, Ham.

Aronofsky's films are, more often than not, visually arresting affairs known for their sometimes controversial subject matter (e.g., heroin addiction, immortality, split personalities). So despite the biblical setting, it will likely be a good opportunity for Watson to shed her "good girl" image. In any event, the director's take on the Old Testament myth is sure to be an interesting one -- full of beasts, big boats, and who knows what else.

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