Emma Watson would have been the lead in this year's Oscar favourite La La Land

Emma Watson was approached to play the lead, but had already committed to Beauty and the beast.

FP Staff March 13, 2017 15:50:07 IST
Emma Watson would have been the lead in this year's Oscar favourite La La Land

Emma Watson who is heart and soul of Disney's live action remake of the musical Beauty and the Beast talks about how if a twist of fate would have it, she would be in another musical, Damien Chazelle's La La Land.

Emma Watson would have been the lead in this years Oscar favourite La La Land

A file photo of Emma Watson. AFP

The actress told Entertainment Weekly during Friday’s SiriusXM Town Hall about the rumors of her possible involvement with Damien Chazelle’s Academy Award-nominated film.

"It’s one of these frustrating things where sort of names get attached to projects very early on as a way to kind of build anticipation or excitement for something that’s coming before anything is really actually agreed or set in stone," said Watson.

Acknowledging that she had been committed to Beauty and the Beast for years, Watson says she felt her performance wouldn’t be best served by splitting time between Bill Condon’s fairy-tale adaptation and Chazelle’s tale about an aspiring actress in love with a jazz pianist.

"I knew I had horse training, I knew I had dancing, I knew I had three months of singing ahead of me, and I knew I had to be in London to really do that," said Watson. "And this wasn’t a movie I could just kind of parachute into. I knew I had to do the work, and I had to be where I had to be. So scheduling conflict-wise, it just didn’t work out."

Meanwhile Miles Teller has revealed how annoyed he was after he got an unexpected call telling him he was no longer attached to La La Land, which ended up starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

He told Esquire: ‘I got a call from my agent, saying, "Hey, I just got a call from Lionsgate. Damien told them that he no longer thinks you’re creatively right for the project. He’s moving on without you."

Chazelle subsequently talked about Teller and Watson: ‘The casting of this movie during the six years it took to get made went through lots of permutations, and it’s true there was a moment where Emma Watson and Miles Teller were doing it.

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