Emma Watson & Daniel Bruhl Head to 70s Chile-Set Thriller 'Colonia'
As the actress is making headlines in her new position as Women's Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, Emma Watson is showing no signs of slowing down her acting career. The Harry Potter franchise star was just seen in Noah earlier this year and she has the thriller Regression with Ethan Hawke and the musical La La Land with Miles Teller on the way. Now Deadline reports the British actress is starring in Colonia, a new thriller set in Chile during a military coup in 1973. She will star with Daniel Bruhl (Rush) as a young couple who become entangled in the military conflict in South America. Read on!
In the film, Daniel (Bruhl) is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena (Watson) tracks him to a sealed-off area in the south of the country called Colonia Dignidad. The title refers to an organization represented as a charitable mission run by a lay preacher, but is actually a place from which no one has ever escaped, and Lena must join the cult in order to find Daniel. The film actually marks a bit of a reunion for Bruhl as Colonia will be directed by Florian Gallenberger, who was behind the camera for Honolulu and City of War: The Story of John Rabe, both films that had Bruhl in the cast.
Production begins soon and will last through the end of the year with shooting locations in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America. Gallenberger previously won an Oscar for Best Short Film in 2000, but he's yet to make a big splash in the feature film world. This time maybe he could end up with awards attention as he works from a script he wrote along with Torsten Wenzel. With great talents like Watson and Bruhl bringing the story to life, we're hoping for a solid period drama. Stay tuned for more.