Since finishing the last chapter of the Harry Potter sequels, star Emma Watson has made the obvious choice of staying away from blockbuster franchises. Deciding to go to Brown University when the Harry Potter franchise wrapped and then later abandoning that, Watson took on roles in micro-budget films.
Her choice to stay away from blockbuster franchises has been a wise decision on her part, as she’s enjoyed a small role in My Week With Marilyn, was critically praised in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, and is now following that up with an air headed bad girl vibe in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and currently featured in a fantastic cameo in This Is The End. Next up she’ll team up with the king of independent films himself, Darren Aronofsky in the film Noah.
That said, it looks like Emma Watson is ready for her next tentative dip into a potential franchise in the form of a promising new blockbuster film. It’s being reported that Watson is looking to her Potter past for her next huge tent pole project. She’s reportedly joining producer David Heyman for the blockbuster film Queen of the Tearling.
Queen of the Tearling is an adaptation of the first book in a trilogy written by Erika Johansen. Watson, who’s the lead, will be “set three centuries after an environmental catastrophe when a malevolent Red Queen holds considerable power.” The story sounds like an epic tale, and if executed correctly can see Emma Watson starring in three (or four considering how studios love to break up novels in favors of more films). So far the series is getting compared to Game Of Thrones, which is understood considering the familiar world.
Although Queen of the Tearling has its star in Emma Watson, it still is without a writer and director, so don’t expect this project up on the screen anytime soon. As for the series, the book series isn’t ready to be published until 2014, so we have plenty of time on this one. Either way, a blockbuster return for Watson is a welcomed one.