Emma Roberts joins Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson in Empire State

Emma Roberts

While America is still trying to figure out what kind of star Emma Roberts will turn out to be, the young actress is quietly assembling an impressive resume with a wide variety of roles.  Emma Roberts got her feet wet in kiddie fare like AQUAMARINE, HOTEL FOR DOGS and NANCY DREW, but has recently taken on more adult oriented films like IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY and THE ART OF GETTING BY.  And let’s not forget that Emma Roberts has dabbled in bigger production films like SCREAM 4.  But for all her diversity and charm, I’m still not sure she’s a Hollywood leading lady.

Today, we learn that Emma Roberts is adding another film to her resume in the form of the heist drama, EMPIRE STATE.  The script was written by Adam Hazer and is based on the true story of two friends that decide to rob an armored car depository.  Liam Hemsworth is set to play one of the friends while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to play the New York detective that hunts them down.  Emma Roberts will play a waitress, who is also the love interest to Hemsworth’s character.  I’m not sure I see Emma Roberts and Liam Hemsworth together, but I guess we’ll see how that works.

The film will be directed by Dito Montiel, who has had a downward trend since his first film, A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS.  After that, he made two more films with Channing Tatum, including the underwhelming FIGHTING and the horribly disappointing THE SON OF NO ONE.  But it’s hard to argue with a cast like this, so maybe this will be a return to form for the director. Variety claims that production will start soon, but The Rock has a ton of movies on the horizon, including Michael Bay’s PAIN AND GAIN and FAST SIX.  Emma Roberts is currently filming ADULT WORLD.

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