ByRose Moore, writer at
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Rose Moore

It's no secret that everybody loves Emma Stone. She's stunning, talented, but also incredibly relatable - never taking herself too seriously, and willing to open up about her struggles with anxiety and being in the public eye. It's no surprise, then, that this fan favorite was approached to be part of another fan favorite project - the all-female Ghostbusters remake.

There is no doubt that Stone would have been an incredible addition to the cast, and there would be some fantastically meta moments for Zombieland fans...

It seems, however, that Stone is just a little too busy to take on another franchise commitment, as she revealed in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal.

The script was really funny. It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment—it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.

By "back into that water," she is referring to her time as Gwen Stacy in the recent Amazing Spider-Man movies alongside Andrew Garfield. Despite the fact that it was very small, as franchises go (only two films before Sony and Marvel worked out their rights sharing deal that led to re-casting), it was clearly enough of a taste for Emma to think twice before taking on such a huge commitment again.

It's not as though she hasn't got enough on her plate, either!


She recently starred in Aloha, which was released last month (and which has been stirring up a fair bit of controversy due to her role), as well as Woody Allen's Irrational Man, which opens next month. Add to that three months on Broadway in Cabaret, her Oscar-nominated role in Birdman and her turn on Saturday Night Live, and you can see why a commitment as big as Ghostbusters may have just been a bit too much. She's also looking to do something different, something challenging and new.

I’m interested in things that are really scary and ambitious lately. Obviously Birdman was like that. And then doing the play, I was like, ‘This feels like it could totally go wrong every single day.’ And something about that feels vital. Is that a stupid thing to say?

Instead, she's taking on a musical next; La La Land. A love story about a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, also starring Ryan Gosling. An all singing, all dancing romance is about as far as you could get from Ghostbusters, but she's sure to wow us no matter what.


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