Emma Watson to star in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola's new film The Bling Ring has acquired Emma Watson as one of the leads in its ensemble.

The film will focus on the true story of a group of fame-crazed teenagers who begin burgling the homes of celebrities in Los Angeles. What starts out as youthful fun spins out of control and reveals a sobering view of modern culture.

As well directing, Coppola has also written the script. Coppola is notorious for providing females solid leading roles: think Scarlett Johansson in Lost In Translation or Kirsten Dunst in The Virgin Suicides. She has also proven skilful at bursting the celebrity bubble in Somewhere .

Coppola said of the casting process, "I'm excited about the young cast we're assembling and I'm looking forward to shooting on location here in Los Angeles."

There's no word on a release date as of yet, so don't expect anything till next year.