Pretty Little Liars Star Ashley Benson Reveals New Movie Role — Meet Emma! (PHOTO)
Pretty Little LiarsstarAshley Benson (Hanna Marin) is dropping hints about an upcoming movie role on her Instagram page, and we have to say, we’re excited about what we see.
Three days ago, Ashley posted this pic of herself looking sullen in a long parka along with the caption, “Meet ‘Emma’ can't wait for y'all to see my next film.” She doesn’t give us anything else to go on, but it seems she will be going dark (haired) for the film. Based on her outfit — a white tee, blue hoodie, jeans, and a brown parka — it seems this Emma will have a simple, practical style and probably reside someplace chilly.
It’s hard not to associate the character “Emma” with the book, Emma, by Jane Austen and subsequent film and television adaptations. The novel tells the story of a meddling, witty, and headstrong young woman in 19th century England who is terrible at matchmaking -- especially for herself. We could see Ashley pulling off a modern-day reimagining of the classic tale. And, let’s face it, there will never be enough adaptations of Emma in the world.
More likely than not, Emma is a character we have yet to meet in a story we have not yet been told rather than a film adaptation of the classic bit of literature. In fact, Ashley seems to be shooting the film in New York City right now. The actress most recently posted a photo from the set, and it looks it’s taking place somewhere downtown.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the film and character had a dark edge to it. Ashley really proved herself capable of pulling off a nuanced, transgressive character in Spring Breakers, in which she plays bad girl Brit. Whatever her character is like, we’re sure Ash can pull it off. And we can’t wait to see what she does next!
What do you think of Ashley’s new character’s look? Any theories about the film? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 winter premiere on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.