Emma Watson Joins Ethan Hawke In Upcoming Thriller 'Regression'

Emma Watson is continuing to build her career as an adult actress, moving on from the end of the Harry Potter franchise that made her a star, and today she's secured yet another upcoming project. TWC-Dimension has announced today that the the young star has now signed a deal to star in Regression, a new thriller that will see her paired up with Ethan Hawke.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first revealed the casting news, the plot of the film is being kept a closely guarded secret for now, but it will be based on a script and directed by Alejandro Amenabar, the filmmaker who scared the crap out of audiences with his 2001 Nicole Kidman-starring horror movie The Others:

Regression will be Amenabar's return to the thriller/horror genre after moving away to make 2004's The Sea Inside with Javier Bardem and 2009's Agora with Rachel Weisz. Production on the new project will begin this year with The Weinstein Company targeting a release date some time in 2015 (though a specific date has not yet been announced).

Watson had an interesting year last year, mixing up both starring and supporting roles. She first worked Sofia Coppola to tell the true story of thieving teenagers in Beverly Hills starring in the crime dramedy The Bling Ring, and then she had what could be described as an extended cameo in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is The End, playing an axe wielding, apocalypse surviving version of herself. Next up she will be part of the all star cast featured in Darren Aronofsky's Noah, the trailer for which you can watch below.

Hawke, meanwhile is in an interesting career upswing of his very own. Not only is he currently sitting pretty with an Oscar nomination for co-writing the script of Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, he also had a box office smash in the low-budget horror movie The Purge last year. In the next few months he has a few new titles coming out, including the sci-fi thriller Predestination and a modern take on William Shakespeare's Cymbeline (from the same director as 2000's Hamlet). We'll find out if Hawke will take home his first Academy Award on March 1st, and in the meantime you can watch trailer the Before Midnight.

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