Actress Emma Watson sheds her lollipop-sweet image to star in Sofia Coppola’s new movie, The Bling Ring, a story about an actual gang of fame-obsessed teens, who break into the homes of Hollywood’s rich and famous and treat themselves to more than $3 million in jewelry, art, clothing, electronics and cash.
The 22-year-old Watson, who is best known for her role as Hermione in the “Harry Potter” movie franchise, plays the leader of the notorious “bling ring,” which burglarized the homes of young celebrities, including Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr, Audrina Patridge, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, during 2008 and 2009. In a fun twist, Hilton has cameo in Coppola’s film.
The Los Angeles teens scanned social networks to determine when celebrities would be on the road. Then, the gang would break into their empty homes to party, sample their wardrobes and steal their jewelry.
In real life, it took authorities more than a year and a half to catch the teens. According to reports, the movie will focus on events both before and after their arrests.
The Bling Ring is the latest film from Sofia Coppola, who scored box office gold with The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation. The Bling Ring is based on a Vanity Fair piece, titled “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” by Nancy Jo Sales.
The film also stars Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga and Gavin Rossdale.
“The Bling Ring” will open in select cities on June 14, with a wider release expected in the weeks after that. Here’s the official trailer for the film.
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