Say goodbye to Hermione Granger, Emma Watson‘s expanding her resume. Since Harry Potter, she’s played a minor character in My Week with Marilyn and has a lead role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which will be released later this year. Her newest project is the role of Ila in Noah, a film directed by Darren Aronofsky which portrays the Biblical story of Noah and his ark.
Noah will have all the plot points of the traditional Bible story: Noah (played by Russell Crowe) has a divine mission to build a boat that will keep the world’s animals safe from a flood brought on by human wrongdoing. Since we’re talking about the director who brought forth such things as Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, I’m sure audiences can expect Noah to be complex and possibly have hints of darkness.
Along with Noah, Aronofsky will be bringing to life Noah’s sons, Shem and Ham. Watson’s character will develop a romantic relationship with Shem, who will be played by up-and-coming English actor Douglas Booth. Logan Lerman, who co-stars with Watson, will be playing the second son. Julianne Moore and Jennifer Conelly seem to be in the running for the role as Noah’s wife and it’s rumored that Liev Schreiber or Liam Neeson might play the film’s antagonist, who doubts Noah’s credibility.
Emma Watson will certainly be branching out with this film. At one point in time, I thought that I’d never be able to see her as anything other than frizzy-haired know-it-all Hermione Granger. However, it’s becoming clear that she’s got the potential to step away from her role as everyone’s favorite adolescent witch and into more adult characters.
Noah will start filming in August and will be released in early 2014.