Emma Watson on 'super-low culture' of Kim Kardashian and reality TV for 'Bling Ring' research

emma-watson-bling-ring.jpg"The Bling Ring" is director Sofia Coppola's next project, which chronicles the group of fame-obsessed thieves who stole from the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. It stars Emma Watson as Nicki, the ring-leader of the little group, who tells EW the research for the part was fun.

"I just watched a ton of reality TV. I was doing an English course [at Brown University]. So I would go from reading Virginia Woolf to [watching] Kim Kardashian. I kind of loved it, this mix of super-high and super-low culture. I think it was a nice balance," says the former "Harry Potter" star.

Watson also tweeted the above picture of herself in costume, complete with fake tattoos peeking out, writing, "Twitterers meet Nicki, Nicki meet twitterers : )." The first official picture from the movie is below.

"The Bling Ring" is slated for a 2013 release.

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