Emma Watson and Miles Teller were dropped as La La Land leads due to diva demands
Emma Watson and Miles Teller were reportedly dropped as the leads in Academy Award-nominated musical sensation La La Land due to diva-like demands.
The pair were originally lined up to play Mia Dolan and Sebastian Wilder, the roles Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have now won award after award for.
According to Page Six, Watson and Teller are now “raising hell” with their agents after the stunning success of the film – which now holds the joint record for most Oscar-noms ever.
However, Page Six’s sources have revealed Teller demanded $2 million more than the offered $4 million in order to play the role. Meanwhile, Watson refused to commit to the project and made “crazy demands” like rehearsals for the film being in London.
They said: “Watson was offered the lead female role, but she initially wouldn’t commit. Then she began making all these crazy demands, like rehearsals for the film must be done in London — for a film called La La Land! They jumped through hoops to make it work with her, but she just didn’t feel the film was right for her.”
Neither Watson nor Teller have spoken out about the reports, although Teller previously addressed his departure from the film in an interview with Esquire.
He said: “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.'”
It was previously suggested that Emma Watson left the project due to scheduling conflicts with Beauty and the Beast, in which she portrays protagonist Belle. The film will be released on March 17, 2017.
La La Land music director Marius De Vries corroborated this story in an interview with NME, saying: “I’d actually started working with her on the vocal process and we’d started singing together.
“One day she came in and we were really getting on and she said ‘I’m trying out for another project [Beauty And The Beast], would you mind helping me with that as well?’ So I thought that would be good for our bonding process.”
“The two projects started to look as if they were going to clash, schedule-wise, and she made what must have been a very difficult decision. But she decided that she was better off being Beauty than Mia and so we had to re-think the casting.”