Emma Watson 'Beauty and the Beast' Star Teams with 'Harry Potter' Producer


Emma Watson, who appeared in the Harry Potter films, will again be working with David Heyman, the producer of the blockbuster franchise, on The Queen of the Tearling, an adaptation in which Watson will star, according to a June 13 report from Variety.

The fantasy book, The Queen of Tearling, is part of Erika Johansen's trilogy. The 19-year-old female lead character was in part inspired by a speech the Johansen heard President Barack Obama deliver in 2007.

Heyman will produce along with Jeff Clifford through Heyman's Heyday Films and Watson will be an executive producer on the film.

The trilogy will be published by Harper Collins starting in 2014.

The book takes place three centuries after an environmental devastation and an evil-minded Red Queen maintains great power at the time. The trilogy has been described as the female Game of Thrones.

Warner Bros. attained the rights and will be distributing the film, which does not yet have a writer or director.

Watson appeared as Hermione Granger in four Harry Potter films, the last of which was released in 2011. She has since appeared in My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Bling Ring.

The actress can currently be seen on the big screen in This Is the End, which opened June 12. Co-starring in the film are James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

Watson will star alongside Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly in director Darren Aronofsky's film Noah, which is scheduled for theatrical release on March 28, 2014.

She is also slated to star in the Guillermo del Toro-directed film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, also a Warner Bros. film.

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