Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling may have cleaned up at Sunday night’s Golden Globes for their respective performances in La La Land, but it turns out the two acting greats weren’t always set to star in the film.
Originally, according to various reports, it was actually Emma Watson and Miles Teller who were, at one time, director Damien Chazelle’s top picks for the award-winning musical. But due to contract negotiations and prior commitments, both stars were eventually replaced and the film as we now know it was born.
For Watson, the issue simply came down to the film's time commitment being too great for her schedule. But for Teller, the news that he was no longer set to be a part of Chazelle's project - who he had previously worked with on Whiplash - came as a complete shock, and one that he didn't take lightly.
Speaking to Esquire about the decision in 2015, The Spectacular Now actor 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’.”