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What Would Harry Potter Think? Emma Watson Goes Wild in ‘The Bling Ring’ Trailer

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The Bling Ring' (Photo: A24)

Actually, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) probably heartily approves -- he's the one who got naked in that horse play, after all.

Sofia Coppola continues to explore the trials and tribulations of the bored and privileged (hey, write/direct what you know, right?) with her latest dreamy-chic character study, "The Bling Ring." Actually, if the trailer is any indication, her new film is a lot more energetic than her previous efforts such as "Somewhere" and "Lost in Translation," which managed to create high drama out of more or less narrative inertia.

Watch the teaser trailer for 'The Bling Ring':

More plot-driven, too, as "The Bling Ring" actually rips its premise straight from the headlines as it follows a group of Beverly Hills teens who stalked certain celebrities via the Internet specifically so they could rob their houses when they weren't home. Operating from October 2008 through November 2009, the "Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch," as they were sometimes called, stole more than $3 million in cash and belongings -- most of it from Paris Hilton, whose home they burgled several times.

Like the trailers for Coppola's "Somewhere" and "Marie Antoinette," the first look at "The Bling Ring" is dialogue-free and music-heavy, showing off the exciting and glamorous L.A. lifestyle of these attractive amateur thieves. Not surprisingly, most of the focus is on star Emma Watson, as the film looks to completely shed the family-friendly, nice-girl image she maintained through all of her "Harry Potter" years as resourceful young witch Hermione Granger.

Emma got to play a little bit more of a bad girl last fall in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (we think there were even a few lines describing how her character isn't a virgin) but "The Bling Ring" throws her completely into the decadent, neon-drenched, sin-and-sun-soaked world of Hollywood. Especially notable in the trailer is an early shot of Emma flaunting and enjoying her sexuality in a club that's held for maybe a few frames too long just so we realize once and for all that SHE'S NOT THE GIRL IN "HARRY POTTER" ANY MORE.

Anyway, despite any semi-shameless exploitation of Emma Watson, there's no reason to think "The Bling Ring" won't be cool and pretty and have a great soundtrack like all of Sofia Coppola's other films. However, we don't think Warner Bros. needs to worry about their all-grown-up former child star making for any real competition against their summer superbeast, "Man of Steel," which also opens on June 14.

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