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La La Land, the trailblazer of the year, which has earned a total of 14 Oscar nominations, was supposed to have a very different female lead. The film stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the lead, and they have have already acquired tremendous recognition and Golden Globes for their respective roles. But if reports are to be believed, Stone's role was originally meant to be played by Emma Watson, who was replaced because she made too many demands on the makers of the film.
Harry Potter star Watson, who is currently gearing up for the release of the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast, was approached for playing the role of the aspiring actor, Mia in La La Land. But Watson reportedly made some demands and played herself out of contention for the role, and was replaced by another Emma (Stone). Sources claim that the Harry Potter star had allotted most of her dates to the Beauty and the Beast musical, which will obviously earn her mainstream recognition. Damien Chazelle's La La Land was one of the most surprising successes of the year, and it's safe to assume that neither Emma, nor the makers of the film expected the film to make it so big.
Watson, who spends most of her time in London, and is also based in the city, reportedly wanted the rehearsals for the film to be held in London. La La Land consists of extensive dance routines, and it was impossible for the makers to hold the prolonged practise sessions in London. Eventually the makers moved on to other options for the female lead, and decided upon Stone. Gosling, too was overjoyed at Stone's selection, as they have worked in two films together, and have a great chemistry.
Reports also suggest that Whiplash actor Miles Teller was offered to play the role of the jazz pianist, Sebastian, La La Land's male lead, before Gosling was approached. Teller has worked with Chazelle in Whiplash, and has a sound understanding of jazz basics owing to his role of a jazz drummer in the 2014 film. But Teller demaded a whopping $6 million, while he was only offered $4 million, and the makers moved over to Gosling.
La La Land might just fetch Gosling and Stone their first Academy Awards this year. Are Watson and Teller biting their nails?