Emma Watson, best known as Hermoine Granger in the highly successful film franchise Harry Potter, continues to expand her range as an actress. She now stars her most challenging role to-date in the psychological thriller Regression alongside Ethan Hawke and another Harry Potter alumnus, David Thewlis
Directed by Academy Award Winner director Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside), the movie is set in Minnesota circa 1990.
Watson’s character Angela Gray has found peace and safety in religion after losing her mother in a car accident. At a seminar at Reverend Beaumont’s church she breaks down and confesses that her father has abused her.
Emma shares, “This is probably one of the hardest roles or characters that I’ve ever had to play. Angela is someone who’s had a very difficult life. She has grown up in a house with two addicts; her father is an alcoholic so is her grandmother and her mother died when she was very young in a car accident. She has such a complicated history.”
With Detective Bruce Kenner’s (Hawke) help, she will overcome her isolation to become a key witness to solve the case. Kenner further investigates the case of Angela, who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
Amenábar had no doubts about who would make the perfect Angela Gray. He explains, “Emma Watson is an extremely intelligent woman, she’s very talented and she understood the project perfectly. When making a film like this one you need accomplices, people who understand what you’re trying to say. She had very clear ideas when she arrived to start shooting.”
“Regression is not a horror movie. It’s about fear, about the fragility of the human mind, about how afraid we can get and how fear can keep us from thinking and seeing things clearly,” concludes director Amenábar.
Regression opens October 14 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.