Emma Watson Joins 'Little Women' to Replace Emma Stone
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The 'Beauty and the Beast' actress reportedly will join Meryl Streep in Greta Gerwig's upcoming project.

AceShowbiz - Sony Pictures reportedly has hired Emma Watson to join "Little Women (2019)" remake. According to sources, Watson is set to play a character which was previously intended for Emma Stone, who is no longer available for the upcoming project.

The sources revealed to Variety that the "La La Land" star had to let go of her part in the movie due to promotional obligations for the Fox Searchlight film and award season contender "The Favourite". It is understandable if Sony Pictures made a quick move by replacing Stone with Watson as the film production will begin next month.

It is still unknown what role Watson will be playing though. However, since Watson is replacing Stone, there's a possibility the British beauty will play Meg March. The character was previously intended for Stone. In the project, the "Beauty and the Beast" actress will join Meryl Streep, who will play Aunt March. Meanwhile, other talented actors who include Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern and Timothee Chalamet are in negotiations to star in the project.

Directed by Greta Gerwigs, who is known for her work on Academy Award nominee "Lady Bird", "Little Women" will be based on Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name. The story revolves around four female siblings Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy March during American Civil War. With their father away fighting in the war, the girls struggle with major and minor problems under the guidance of their strong-willed mother, affectionately called Marmee.

The novel was previously adapted into a miniseries which aired last year on BBC. There was also a movie adaptation in 1994 starring well-known actors, including Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon and Claire Danes.

The upcoming film adaptation will be produced by Amy Pascal along with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Sony Pictures has yet to announce the release date of "Little Women".

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