It was inevitable that actress Emma Watson would eventually transform into a cinematic bad girl during her post “Harry Potter” stage. At least be thankful she didn’t take a part in “Spring Breakers” where each starring teen seems to break every human-made and spiritual law. In Watson’s smarter choice of the rhyming “The Bling Ring”, she appears to only break the law of stealing your neighbor’s possessions, even if she’s delusional in thinking she’s entitled to her victim’s possessions. In this case, it’s based on a real-life coterie of teens deciding to break into celebrity homes in Beverly Hills to raid A-list closets.
In a new trailer for the above June film, we only see a quick glimpse of Watson playing the wild child while wearing shades and sporting the requisite tattoo. But it’s a persona that arguably isn’t challenging to imitate when so many teens go this route to turn themselves away from their previous movie personas. In the case of Watson, her trajectory to more adult roles seems to be one that may walk a fine line when you see rumors of what her next role could be.
Yes, Watson may soon be playing Cinderella in a new live-action remake from Disney. Although we have to assume that it’s not necessarily one designed for children if Disney does a more frank portrayal of the real Cinderella story. Then again, you can’t have any Cinderella story without the prince and the dangers of the princess scarlet letter.
It’s a role that seems to go in reverse of where Watson has already gone in her last two features. As well, it’s a trajectory most of her peers wouldn’t go on out of fear they’d be typecast in family films rather than the adult fare they think best forwards their careers. This more or less makes Emma Watson a standout in not worrying about heading in any particular direction until finding her true cinematic path.
What would happen if this new live-action “Cinderella” became a smash and Watson decided to stay in family-friendlier movies for the long haul? There’s always the danger of “The Bling Ring” becoming a sleeper first that sets her in the irreversible bad girl position. This more or less happened to Jodie Foster in the 1970s when she played the very adult role of Iris Steensma before her contract at Disney was finished.
Of course, we know the rest of Foster’s acting trajectory. And yet everyone is different in the path they want to take as an actress. Watson has more character acting parts on the horizon (including appearing in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”) before going on to be the headline star in “Cinderella.”
She’s also given top billing in “The Bling Ring”, incidentally, which will give her a year to see how that backward leap from nefarious to demure goes. It’s possible that this backflip was all by her own design to prove she can convincingly regain footing in a family film after being in more sophisticated fare. Even if it’s the equivalent of trying to reverse the loss of virginity, Watson going along her zigzag film path may paint her more worthy for tackling virtually anything based on her mindset.
That’s much different from her peers who head on one path and stay there until it becomes quite tiresome before they even hit their 30s.