British actress Emma Watson is best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter Saga. What many fans don’t know is that Watson turned down a huge role in a movie that made over $400 million at the box office – in addition to (almost) winning an Oscar.
In theaters, the Harry Potter saga came to an end in 2011. However, the Wizarding Universe remains present in the pop culture canon. With the Fantastic Beasts films, the franchise maintains its hold on the fantasy world.
Harry Potter earned more than 7 billion dollars from the box office of the films alone. The saga also has a theme park and numerous licensed products.
We reveal below the millionaire role that Emma Watson turned down in an acclaimed and successful Hollywood film; check out.
Emma Watson could have starred in La La Land
Until 2011, the year Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released, Emma Watson was only known as the Hermione of the Wizarding Universe.
After the conclusion of the saga, the actress did her best to diversify her career, opting for more adult roles.
Emma Watson’s first film after Harry Potter was My Week with Marilyn, also released in 2011.
In subsequent years, the actress starred in projects such as Bling Ring, Noah, It’s the End!, The Circle, Beauty and the Beast and Little Women.
Emma Watson is not only a crack at acting, but also a great singer. The actress shows off her full vocal range in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, released in 2017.
The performance was praised, but it also came at a cost for Emma Watson. To star in the remake, the actress had to turn down the lead role in La La Land: Cantando Estações.
La La Land hit theaters in 2016. A critical and public success, Damien Chazelle’s musical earned $447 million at the box office, in addition to being nominated for 14 Oscar nominations.
The film also starred in one of the biggest confusions in the history of the Oscars. At the 89th Academy party, La La Land was incorrectly announced as the winner of the Best Picture trophy – which was actually for Moonlight.
The role that would have been Emma Watson ended up with Emma Stone. For her performance as the protagonist Mia, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
At the time, Emma Watson revealed, in an interview, the reason for the refusal. The actress couldn’t resist the role of Belle in the remake of Beauty and the Beast.
“I grew up watching Disney movies. When I was offered the role of Belle, I felt that the character resonated with me a lot more than Cinderella. She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, if I had the choice.”
All the Harry Potter movies, with Emma Watson, are available on HBO Max.
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