Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl are set to team up in an upcoming thriller set during the 1973 Chilean coup.
THR is reporting that Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, and Brühl, best known for his turns in Inglourious Basterds, Rush and last year’s The Fifth Estate, are to star in Colonia, a thriller to be directed and written by German filmmaker Florian Gallenberger. Gallenberger took home an Academy Award in 2001 for Best Short Film, Live Action, titled Quiero ser (I want to be…).
Colonia will tell the story of Lena and Daniel, a young German couple who get caught up in the military-led violence that took a hold of Chile in ’73, leading to the overthrowing of democratically elected president Salvador Allende. When Daniel is captured by the secret police of soon-to-be dictator Augusto Pinochet, Lena manages, with the help of a preacher (Paul Schäfer), to track him down to a sealed-off area called Colonia Dignidad (‘Dignity Colony’). Lena soon learns that this Colonia Dignidad is actually a torture and detention center, one that not many leave alive.
Principal photography has already begun, with production set to shoot in Germany, Luxembourg, and South America.