Scarlett is out, Emma is in! On an Island where Napolean is imprisoned, only a certain age will do, and Emma has scored a role because of it. We get news of this story today from the fabled caves of Yahoo:
“Harry Potter” heroine Emma Watson is attached to star in the period romance “Napoleon and Betsy,” replacing Scarlett Johansson who was deemed too old for the role. Watson, 18, will play Betsy Balcombe, a young, impetuous noblewoman trapped on the isolated British island of St. Helena who falls in love with Napoleon, who has been exiled there. Johansson, 23, is still serving as a producer.
Emma Watson is set to star in Napoleon’s Barely Legal Romance Island! It’s a shame Scarlett Johansson wasn’t able to do this role, but it appears Napoleon’s taste swings quite young in this movie. As much as I like Scarlett johansson, I agree that she wouldn’t be able to pull of a teenager at this point; she is a woman of the va-voom order.
This is good news for Emma Watson. She has big shoes to fill, but if she owns this role – she will certainly earn street cred for being able to sub in for a heavyweight. Wisely, the young starlet is starting to branch out from the Potter series. When her work with Harry is done she should be around the same age Scarlett is now and hopefully will have a career that’s in full swing. The Harry Potter series is a fantastic franchise in which the young actors could grow, develop their skills and eventually leave the nest for other projects. I look forward to seeing what happens to this gang post – series and wish them all the best.