Emma Watson will star in 'Regression'.

The 23-year-old actress - who was catapulted to the spotlight as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise when she was just nine years old - is thrilled to be working with 41-year-old Alejandro Amenabar who is directing the thriller from the screenplay he wrote, according to Variety.com.

Watson said: ''I am passionate about Alejandro and his work and am so happy to be collaborating with him. I'm really excited by the challenge my character presents to me as an actress... I can't wait to begin.''

The blonde beauty is set to star alongside 43-year-old A-Lister Ethan Hawke in the Weinstein Company's - founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein in 2005 - forthcoming film which is set for a 2015 release.

Amenabar has previously worked with the Weinsteins on supernatural horror 'The Others', which featured Nicole Kidman and grossed $210 million worldwide.

Following the success of the final instalment of Harry Potter - titled 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' - in 2011, Watson took short break and previously admitted 2013's 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' encouraged her to step back into the film industry.

Since then she has been cast in a number of Hollywood hits including Seth Rogen's 'This Is the End', Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' and will be on the big screen in 2014's 'Noah' which is in post-production.