At long last, they come face to face. It seems as though the Roberts Rivalry has been going on for decades. In reality, though, the Roberts themselves have barely been going on for decades. I’m of course referring to Emma Roberts, American star of films like It’s Kind of a Funny Story and The Art of Getting By, and Craig Roberts, a Welsh newcomer to the big screen, who won audiences with his starring role in last year’s Submarine. It seems the thespians Roberts will be either setting aside what has to be a bloodthirsty enmity, or scheming diabolically with the “Keep Your Enemies Closer” maxim, as they will be teaming up in the developing Derick Martini film I Am My Family Secret.
One might wonder why I assume there’s such a heated discord between this duo. It can’t simply be because of their shared surname. Well…it’s mostly that. But there are a few uncanny similarities we can’t help but derive theories from. Craig’s breakout role was in a film called Submarine—Richard Ayoade’s blissful adaptation of Joe Dunthorne’s terrific novel. Five years prior, Emma Roberts starred in a movie titled Aquamarine. Now, you can’t tell me this is just a coincidence. Moving further: Emma played the lead in Nancy Drew back in 2007. This past year, Craig snagged a part in Jane Eyre. Both movies about woman who uncover closely-guarded secrets! Other connections can be drawn (Emma’s upcoming Adult World to Craig’s Kiddo; Craig’s Being Human to Emma’s Hotel for Dogs), but I think I’ve made my point perfectly clear.
Martini’s new movie, I Am My Family Secret, focuses on a pair of brothers who happen upon a shocker that their parents have been hiding from them. No word on what roles will be filled by the Robertses. This will not be Emma’s first time working with director Martini. 2008’s comedy/drama Lymelife starred the young actress alongside Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Cynthia Nixon and Rory and Kieran Culkin.