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Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl join political thriller Colonia

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EMMA Watson is to star alongside Daniel Bruhl in new political thriller Colonia.

Set against the backdrop of the Chilean military coup of 1973, the film will follow the fortunes of a couple named Lena and Daniel (played by Watson and Bruhl) as they become embroiled in the political turmoil surrounding the US-backed coup.

More specifically, it will follow Lena as she is forced to join a cult in the Colonia Dignidad area of southern Chile where she believes her partner Daniel (Brühl) has been taken by the secret police.

According to Variety, the “Colonia” presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but actually hides darker secrets. The story is reportedly based on true life events.

Florian Gallenberger, the German director behind award-winning period drama John Rabe, is to helm the film as well as write the screenplay with Torsten Wenzel.

Colonia will mark one of Watson’s first starring roles since the Harry Potter films, as the English actress has opted for more ensemble pieces since then, including the critically-acclaimed likes of The Perks of Being A Wallflower and Noah.

However, she will also take the lead in Alejandro Amenábar’s upcoming thriller Regression, opposite Ethan Hawke.

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