According to Deadline, Emma Watson has signed on to star alongside Rush’s Daniel Bruhl in Colonia, a period war drama set against the Chilean military coup of 1973.
Directed by Florian Gallenberger — the award-winning filmmaker behinds projects such as 2009’s John Rabe — the film will orbit around Watson’s Lena, wife of Bruhl’s Daniel, who sets about rescuing her husband after he is abducted by the secret police of one Augusto Pinochet. To do so, she must join the ranks of a nefarious cult within the sealed-off area of Colonia Dignidad.
The tale, which itself was inspired by true events, was co-written by Gallenberger and Torsten Wenzel and is due to enter production within the coming weeks. In terms of filming locations, the globe-trotting production team will take Colonia to South America, Berlin, Munich and Luxembourg and it’s expected that filming will wrap before the year’s end.
Colonia is the first screen appearance for Watson after her role in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah, and while this is a significant departure for the British actress — one that will no doubt have her adopting a foreign tongue — it’s refreshing to see the Harry Potter star showcase her acting clout.
We’ll have all the latest on Colonia as it appears. In the meantime, let us know your own thoughts on Watson’s latest role in the comments section below.