In 2008 and 2009, the Hollywood Hills was plagued by a batch of devious criminals who exploited the celebrity-obsessed Internet culture to track the movements of the rich and famous as a means of knowing when their luxurious homes were ripe for robbery. These crafty crooks reportedly pilfered more than $3 million in cash and flashy belongings from the likes of Audrina Partridge, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox and Paris Hilton. Their outrageous burglaries caused a media sensation once they were caught and revealed to be teenagers. It seemed like something out of a movie, and soon it will be.
Inspired by these bold bandits unconventional quest for riches and fame, Sofia Coppola has made the Hollywood Hills Burglars the focus of her next feature The Bling Ring. True to form, Coppola’s cast a few up-and-coming ingénues—including Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Claire Pfister and Georgia Rock—but the biggest star among The Bling Ring girls is Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson. The graceful Brit who has long played uptight bookworm Hermione Granger seems sure to shake up her image playing celeb-robber Nicki, a California girl with some curious fashion choices.
WWTDD has uncovered some shots from the set of the now-shooting Bling Ring, giving us a first glimpse of Watson gone L.A. party girl. In the first we see what a difference a wig makes. Watson’s charming pixie cut is buried under some moody Kristen Stewart-styled locks, then a cute pair of shorts and a bra masquerading as a top are topped off by a leather jacket to give the ensemble a badass flair.
The second snapshot features Watson in repose, which gives us a chance to eye Nicki’s seriously tacky heels.
And lastly we get two shots from behind that reveal a massive lower back tattoo peaking out of the top of her Daisy Dukes. From these shots, it’s easy to see The Bling Ring will reveal a different side of Watson.
The Bling Ring is now shooting in Los Angeles, California. It’s expected to hit theaters in 2013.