Emma Watson will play Kelsea Glynn in the film adaptation of Erika Johansen’s upcoming Queen of the Tearling trilogy. The story is of a young woman, “raised by foster parents in a cottage hidden away in a remote forest. On her 19th birthday, Kelsea is removed from her home to take her rightful place as sovereign of a fictional post-utopian country that hides dark secrets and is menaced by a neighbouring monarch.”
“Before filming, Emma will have to learn to ride a horse, bulk up (not too much), and do weeks of combat training (including knife work and swordsmanship). She’ll also be taught how to snare rabbits and practise climbing trees. The Queen Of The Tearling is like Game Of Thrones and The Hunger Games meets Pulp Fiction; there’s a feminist perspective, but also a lot of bloody goings-on.”
David Heyman will produce, with Emma as an executive producer. A script is due soon and then a search for a director will begin. No projected filming date has been announced.
The first part of the Tearling trilogy will be published this month, July 8 in the US and July 17 in the UK.