Scream 4 star Emma Roberts is set to join Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth in the heist drama Empire State. Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) is onboard to direct the pic, which is based on the true story of a 1982 NYC armored car company robbery that was thought to be the largest cash heist in U.S. history. Hemsworth plays one of two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository, while Johnson plays the NYPD detective out to bring them down (naturally). Variety reports that Roberts will play a waitress who acts as a potential love interest for Hemsworth’s character.
I thought Roberts was impressive in Scream 4, and she recently starred in two Sundance indies: The Art of Getting By and the upcoming Celeste and Jesse Forever. I was a fan of Montiel’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and I like everyone involved in the cast so far, so I think this has the potential to be an interesting flick. Production is set to star this spring, which means we’ll likely hear who Montiel casts opposite Hemsworth as the other potential thief soon. Roberts is currently filming the comedy Adult World with John Cusack.