Emma Watson is showing off her wild side in the teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," a film based on the thefts by a group of youths who targeted celebrities.
With the hard-partying Nicki character, Watson breaks away from her smarty-pants "Harry Potter" alter-ego Hermione Granger. Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow's wife, plays Nicki's mother in the film, based on Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair story, "The Suspects Wore Louboutins." Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, Gavin Rossdale, Katie Chang and Erin Daniels are also part of the cast.
"I just watched a ton of reality TV," Watson explained to Entertainment Weekly of how she prepared for the role. "I was doing an English course [at Brown University]. So I would go from reading Virginia Woolf to [watching] Kim Kardashian. I kind of loved it, this mix of super-high and super-low culture. I think it was a nice balance."
The film chronicles the lives of teens obsessed with luxury goods and fame as they "go shopping" in celebrities' closets and enjoy their posh spoils up until their demise. Nicki is based on Alexis Neiers, a Bling Ring member who was outed during her E! reality show "Pretty Wild." She pleaded no contest in 2010 to second-degree residential burglary and was also paid by Coppola to consult on the film. She was given probation after serving 30 days of a 180-day sentence.