Fresh off the production of the Knocked Up spin-off This Is 40, the electrifying comedienne Leslie Mann has just signed on to co-star in Sofia Coppola's next feature The Bling Ring. Based on the true tale of a gang of teens who chase their desire for fame and fortune by robbing the rich and famous, the Beverly Hills-set flick will star Emma Watson as their shrewd leader, and THR reports Mann will play mom to two of the titular ring members. Also joining the cast is Israel Broussard (The Chaperone), who'll take on the male lead/likely accomplice. With only a couple of kid flicks to his credit, Broussard is a relative newcomer, making him a chancy choice for a key role. But Coppola, who penned the script and will direct and produce, has made some even bolder—as in greener--selections for the rest of her girl gang.

Katie Chang, Claire Pfister and Georgia Rock will each be making their film debut in The Bling Ring, filling out the infamous teen crime syndicate along with American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga. It's a risky move to cast so many untested performers. However, between The Virgin Diaries, Lost in Translation and Somewhere, Coppola has earned a reputation for shaping ingénue breakthroughs, and she seems prepared to keep her streak going. Of course the casting of Mann suggests yet another element of risk for Coppola and her Bling Ring.

As The Change-Up star is best regarded for her comedic chops, her inclusion strongly suggests that Coppola is crafting her first comedy feature. It'd be new terrain for the elegant auteur. Personally, I'm eager to see how Coppola's tender and poetic aesthetic could translate to comedy. She has said of The Bling Ring that she's aiming to capture contemporary society's obsession with celebrity and status, which could skew into some sharp yet stylish satire. As a long-time insider to the industry and all things Hollywood, Coppola could present a uniquely insightful demystification of the thirst for fame.

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