Emma Watson Is Replacing Emma Stone in Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'

Emma Watson is reportedly joining the case of Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' adaptation, taking over a role that was originally intended for Emma Stone. Stone was reportedly unable to star in the film because of scheduling conflicts.

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Greta Gerwig's highly-anticipated Little Women adaptation just underwent a casting shakeup. Emma Watson is reportedly joining the cast, taking on a role originally intended for Emma Stone, Variety reports.

According to Variety's sources, Stone was unable to commit to Little Women because of promotional obligations for her upcoming Fox Searchlight film, award season contender The Favourite.

Tragically, there is no word let on which of the March sisters Watson will be playing. She will, however, be joining a thoroughly star-studded cast, which is reportedly set to include Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, and Florence Pugh (all of whom are apparently "in negotiations" to star).

Ronan and Chalamet, of course, starred in Gerwig's critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Lady Bird, and we have a hunch they've been tapped to play Meg and Laurie, respectively. As for the Emmas, the smart money is on their role being the main character, Jo. And, if Meryl comes through and signs on (please, please, please let that happen), she'll probably play Marmee a.k.a Mrs. March, but she could also slay as Aunt March. Really, with all of the talent being courted for the project, there's no wrong combination of actors and characters in this lineup.

If you need a little reminder of how glorious a good Little Women adaptation can be, watch the trailer for the 1994 version (which starred a slew of '90s A-listers, including Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, and Christian Bale):

We officially cannot wait for this movie.

Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.