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Ever since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" wrapped up the wildly popular series two years ago, fans and industry insiders alike have been placing bets on which of the franchise's three young stars would go on to have the biggest career in Hollywood. And so far, they've all done okay for themselves. Rupert Grint is making indies and riding around in his ice cream truck while Daniel Radcliffe has appeared in major Broadway shows and offbeat films like the Sundance fave "Kill Your Darlings." And Emma Watson?
Well, according to Variety, Watson may become the first of the gorup to headline her own major blockbuster, as the starlet is in talks to play the title role in Disney's live action adaptation of their classic animated hit "Cinderella."
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As it is, Watson hasn't exactly been slacking, earning rave reviews for her role in last fall's acclaimed coming of age drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And she's already finished filming roles in Darren Aronofsky's upcoming biblical epic "Noah" and Seth Rogen's apocalyptic comedy "This Is the End."
The leading role in "Cinderella," though, would be on an entirely different order of magnitude than those films. Disney, after all, has been making hay with live action adaptations, with 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" earning over a billion dollars worldwide and this month's "Oz the Great and Powerful" set to top the box office as well.
Plus, the part would reunite her with her "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" co-star Kenneth Branagh, who played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart and who is set to direct "Cinderella."
Of course, nothing is set in stone; several other actresses have already had talks for the role break down, including the likes of Imogen Poots and "Anna Karenina's" Alicia Vikander. Still, the role seems perfect for Emma, both creatively and as a vehicle to propel her back to the top of Hollywood's A-list — this time without any help from The Boy Who Lived.
You go, girl!
Originally published on Friday, March 1 at 10:26 a.m.