Emma Watson: Hitting the books and the big screen [SLIDESHOW]

Alyssa Moody Contributor
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It’s been quite a month for Emma Watson. After growing up in front of the world playing the loveable Hermione in the “Harry Potter” franchise, the 21-year-old star bid a bittersweet farewell to the series she’s starred in since 2001.

But fear not, fans: Watson isn’t leaving the big screen anytime soon. The rising A-lister just landed the lead role in acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro’s new adaptation of the classic fairytale, “Beauty and the Beast,” and has a few other major projects on the horizon.

This November, Watson will star alongside Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh in the highly-anticipated film, “My Week with Marilyn.” Additionally, the busy starlet will spend the remainder of the summer filming the big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which arrives in theaters early next year.

As if balancing three high-profile film roles isn’t difficult enough, Watson announced last week that she will be studying English at Oxford University this fall. The brainy beauty, who spent the past two years at Brown University, shot down rumors that she was leaving the Ivy League because of incessant heckling from her peers. Watson is still enrolled at Brown, but will spend her third year at Oxford through a study-abroad program.

With a successful film career under her belt and a college degree on the horizon, Emma Watson is a beautiful, smart, and talented triple-threat who will undoubtedly dominate the big screen for many years to come.