Thursday, 23 September 2010


All grown up: Emma Watson has landed her first post Harry Potter grown-up role

Emma Watson has graduated from Hogwarts and landed her first post-Harry Potter grown-up role.

The actress, 20, who has played Hermione Granger in eight movies, including the much-anticipated two final Deathly Hallows instalments, has won a part opposite Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper and Judi Dench in the movie My Week With Marilyn.

The film tells the story of Colin Clark (Redmayne), who worked as Laurence Olivier's assistant on the picture The Prince And The Showgirl, which starred bombshell Marilyn Monroe (Williams) and Olivier ( Branagh), who also directed.

Clark penned a diary that charted nine days of close contact with Monroe, with whom he was smitten. He included tales about skinny-dipping with her in the Thames and taking her to visit his godfather at Windsor Castle.

Emma will play Lucy, a wardrobe assistant working behind the scenes during the making of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956.

Lucy and Clark had a few dates which, according to his book The Prince, The Showgirl And Me (a precursor to My Week With Marilyn), usually involved Clark whizzing her up to London in his Bristol sports car, visiting a club and going on to his parents' 'set' at The Albany, where 'she kisses like an angel'.

It's not a huge role, but it's an astute pick for a young actress making the transition from school-girl ingenue to adult parts.

She can probably shoot her scenes in a few days, meaning she won't require too much time away from university in the U.S. Her deal for the film is in the final stages of negotiation

The main shooting schedule at Pinewood studios begins on October 4. But Judi Dench, portraying Dame Sybil Thorndike (who played the Queen Dowager in The Prince And The Showgirl), has been filming her scenes this week because she has to scoot over to India to work on John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with her pal Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Dev Patel.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma in a scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Producer David Parfitt, director Simon Curtis and the Weinstein Company have also cast Derek Jacobi as Sir Owen Morshead, then royal librarian at Windsor Castle.

Philip Jackson will play Monroe's private detective; Zoe Wanamaker is Monroe's acting consultant Paula Strasberg, who drove Olivier into a fury whenever she appeared at the studio; and Richard Clifford is Richard Wattis, the gifted actor who played an officious courtier in Showgirl.

Dominic Cooper portrays Milton Greene, Monroe's snazzy business partner and a co-producer of The Prince And The Showgirl.

He will shoot his scenes in between working on Captain America: The First Avenger, which is occupying sound stages over at Shepperton studios.

Emma Watson has grown up in the public eye since landing the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, right

source: dailymail [endtext]

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