Emma Watson cast in Alejandro Amenabar's Regression

Emma Watson is "excited" to be working alongside Alejandro Amenabar in 'Regression'

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson will star in 'Regression'.

The 23-year-old actress - who was catapulted to the spotlight as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise when she was just nine years old - is thrilled to be working with 41-year-old Alejandro Amenabar who is directing the thriller from the screenplay he wrote, according to Variety.com.

Watson said: "I am passionate about Alejandro and his work and am so happy to be collaborating with him. I'm really excited by the challenge my character presents to me as an actress... I can't wait to begin."

The blonde beauty is set to star alongside 43-year-old A-Lister Ethan Hawke in the Weinstein Company's - founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein in 2005 - forthcoming film which is set for a 2015 release.

Amenabar has previously worked with the Weinsteins on supernatural horror 'The Others', which featured Nicole Kidman and grossed $210 million worldwide.

Following the success of the final instalment of Harry Potter - titled 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' - in 2011, Watson took short break and previously admitted 2013's 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' encouraged her to step back into the film industry.

Since then she has been cast in a number of Hollywood hits including Seth Rogen's 'This Is the End', Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' and will be on the big screen in 2014's 'Noah' which is in post-production.


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