Emma Watson joins Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of ‘Little Women,’ replacing Emma Stone
The 'Harry Potter' alum will take on the role that was previously intended for Emma Stone and will likely be portraying Meg.
Another star added to Greta Gerwig’s remake of 'Little Women.'
Emma Watson is set to join the remake of this American classic as sources tell Variety that the 'Harry Potter' alum will play the part originally intended for Emma Stone. Stone was unable to join the project because of promotional obligations for the Fox Searchlight film and award season contender 'The Favourite.'
The production starts next month, so Sony moved quickly to approach Watson. Roles are still being worked out so it is unknown which sister Watson would be playing. Stone was originally reported to be portraying Meg in the film, so it's quite possible that Watson will ultimately wind up playing that same role herself, but it is still not confirmed.
Gerwig is writing and directing, with A-listers including Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, and Florence Pugh in negotiations to star in Sony’s retelling of 'Little Women.' Ronan was previously said to be playing Jo (the second oldest March sister after Meg and the story's protagonist), with Pugh playing Amy (the youngest March sister) and Scanlen portraying Beth.
The novel by Louisa May Alcott which was originally published in the late 1860s follows the March sisters and their matriarch Marmee in post-Civil War Massachusetts. It has been adapted several times into films; Winona Ryder starring in 1994's version being the most popular. The BBC’s 'Little Women' miniseries aired late last year.
Watson previously starred as Belle in Disney’slive-actionn 'Beauty and the Beast,' which was a huge success and grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide. Most recently, she appeared opposite Tom Hanks in 'The Circle.'
The project had been set up at Columbia Pictures for some time, with Amy Pascal set to produce with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Sony.