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When talking about young starlets in Hollywood, you can’t ignore Emma Watson. Mostly famous for the “Harry Potter” franchise, the actress now shows interest in an upcoming epic that probably has little in common with the boy wizard and his adventures at Hogwarts.
Watson is currently negotiating to star in Noah, the Darren Aronofsky film centering on the biblical ark builder of the same name. If negotiations go as planned, the actress will play a young woman named Ila who becomes close with Shem, Noah’s youngest son. Douglas Booth was just set to play Shem a couple days ago. The film also snagged Logan Lerman for the role of Noah’s middle son, Ham. Lerman will appear this year with Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
It’s been less than a year since the “Harry Potter” franchise’s conclusion, and Watson has already appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Marilyn Monroe biopic My Week with Marilyn. In addition to “Perks,” the actress has also been attached to an upcoming adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for director Guillermo del Toro since February. In other words, we haven’t heard the last of Watson just yet. Considering the immense talent she’s shown and developed throughout the years, we’ll be glad to see Hermione Granger further develop her craft.
Deadline Hollywood mentions that Noah, which will star Russell Crowe, still needs to cast a wife and a nemesis. Jennifer Connelly still seems to be a frontrunner for the former role, while Liam Neeson was ruled out as a contender for the latter role. Additionally, Noah still needs his oldest son, who should be Japheth, and that character also needs a love interest. Saoirse Ronan might be a contender for that latter role as she was previously mentioned as a possible star in Noah. Expect to see these roles filled in the very near future, as Aronofsky aims to begin shooting his passion project next month.
Paramount Pictures has Noah slated for theatrical release in the United States on March 28, 2014.