Emma Watson’s New Film ‘Regression’ Will Give You the Creeps

Emma Watson has taken on lots of different genres since her Harry Potter days, but her latest movie, Regression, marks her first foray into horror – and she’s making it count. The actress goes to a dark place in the newly released trailer for the upcoming thriller, making it very clear that this role is unlike anything we’ve seen her in before.

Regression stars Watson as Angela Gray, a young woman who accuses her father, John Gray (played by David Dencik) of a sexual abuse crime he doesn’t remember committing. As Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case, John suddenly and unexpectedly admits to the crime. After his confession, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and clarify what really happened. But in doing so, he not only puts both Angela and Detective Kenner in grave danger, he also ends up unmasking a horrifying nationwide mystery. Oscar-winning Alejandro Amenábar wrote and directed the highly anticipated horror flick, which marks his first English-language film since 2001’s The Others. 

Regression takes place in Minnesota in 1990, a time when many crimes of abuse were tied to satanic rituals and scores of law enforcement officers were gripped with satanic panic, leading them on a witch hunt for any kind of occult activity. Though the trailer doesn’t give away too many specifics, it echoes sinister activity through Watson’s haunting portrayal of Angela. The footage captures her sharing some of these dark, repressed memories with Dr. Raines. “I heard a knock at the door. There was some old lady,” her character recalls. “They were headed for my dad’s workshop. I could hear chanting. They were wearing robes. It was a black mask.” Later in the clip, she warns Hawke’s Detective Keller, “Now they’ll kill you too.” Clearly, we’re not at Hogwarts anymore.

For Watson, the film continues her efforts to diversify her resume and show off her versatility, following the end of the Harry Potter franchise. Like her former co-star Daniel Radcliffe, the actress has made a point of taking on a wide-ranging series of roles, from 2011’s biographical drama, My Week with Marilyn to the satirical crime indie, The Bling Ring to last year’s biblical epic, Noah. Regression continues the trend, giving Watson a chance to take on a new genre and flex her dramatic acting muscles.

Regression is far from the only high profile project Watson has on her plate though. The actress has a pretty jam-packed slate of upcoming projects. She’s set to star in Colonia, another thriller from an Oscar-winning director, which is projected to premiere sometime in 2016. The star is also rumored to be replacing Alicia Vikander in the developing film adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel, The Circle, although that has yet to be officially confirmed.

Perhaps the most anticipated of Watson’s upcoming films? Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, which will star the actress as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Prince. The movie, directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn) is currently in the process of filming and is scheduled for release in 2017.

Regression is set to hit theaters on August 28.

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