1:30 pm EDT, February 17, 2014

Emma Watson on ‘Queen of the Tearling’: ‘I was desperate to hate it’

Actress Emma Watson is speaking for the first time about her deep involvement with Queen of the Tearling, a highly-anticipated novel which has already had its film rights snapped up by Warner Bros.

In comments made to Wonderland Magazine (of which Watson is a guest editor this month), the actress spoke for the first time about her decision to take on the book to film adaptation.

“I had kind of said I would never do a franchise again, so I was desperate to hate it,” Watson says to Wonderland. “Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep for about a week because I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book. Now I am executive-producing it.”

What’s particularly noteworthy about these comments is that we’re learning Watson will executive produce. This is the first time we’ve heard that she’s working on its behind-the-scenes development. Prior to these comments, all we knew was that Harry Potter series producer David Heyman is producing, and Watson is set to star.

Queen of the Tearling is by Erika Johansen and will hit book store shelves this July. It is the first of three books in a trilogy and has received lots of pre-release excitement thanks in part to Warner Bros.’ acquisition. Watson will play the lead character, “nineteen-year-old princess Kelsea Glynn, who must reclaim her deceased mother’s throne and redeem her kingdom, the Tearling, from forces of corruption and dark magic of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of the neighboring country,” according to a synopsis.

Harper-Collins editor Maya Ziv, who edited Queen, speaks highly of the story. “One of my colleagues read the book, loved it and left it at home. His 11-year-old daughter then read the book and loved it, too,” she said in comments obtained by The New York Post. “It just brought back the wondrous sense of reading and falling into a whole new world.”

Hypable will continue to keep a close eye on Queen of the Tearling as we approach its publication.

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