Emma Watson’s American accent has raised eyebrows following the release of Little Women’s first official trailer.
The British actress, 29, stars as one of the fearless and bold March sisters in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, which is set for release on December 26.
However, her Stateside drawl has been slammed on social media, with some encouraging her to get an accent coach, while others joking that her accent was locked up in Azkaban in reference to her Harry Potter fame.
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Emma Watson’s American accent has raised eyebrows following the release of Little Women’s first official trailer
Tweets included: ‘Emma watson terrorising yet another beloved book adaptation with her american accent.
‘Emma watson’s american accent locked up in azkaban.’
‘Who lied to emma watson and told her american accent was good u thought she knew after perks of being a wallflower.’
‘screaming @ emma watson’s accent slipping on the first word she pronounces on the trailer djdndj.’
‘Just from the little women trailer you can tell emma watson is about to deliver the worst american accent ever captured on film.’
Set in 1860s New England, the heartwarming first look follows the journey of four fearless sisters – Meg (Emma), Amy (Florence Pugh, 23), Jo (Saoirse Ronan, 25) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen, 20) – as they each battle societal expectations.
Meryl Streep also transforms into the sisters’ Aunt March, a wealthy widow who masks her naturally soft nature with a stern persona, while Big Little Lies star Laura Dern portrays Marmee March, mother to the close-knit sisters.
Snippets of the sisters’ dreams are shown throughout the trailer, with Jo’s wilful and stubborn personality boding well with her play writing desires.
It’s here! The first official trailer for Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, Little Women, has been released
She also appears to capture the attention of an eligible young suitor Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence (Timothée Chalamet).
Meanwhile, Meg is seen challenging the idea of needing to marry for money, and focuses on finding her one true love in life.
Amy, while the most conformist out of the sisters, does show elements of rebellion herself, while Beth, the most shy out of them all, does her best to keep the sisterly drama at bay.
Family: Set in 1860s New England, the first look follows the journey of four sisters – Meg ( Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh), Jo (Saoirse Ronan) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) – as they battle societal expectations
Plot: Snippets of the sisters’ dreams are shown throughout the trailer, with Jo’s wilful and stubborn personality boding well with her play writing desires
Little Women Adaptations: A Timeline
*1917 – Little Women. A silent movie starring Daisy Burrell, Mary Lincoln and Minna Grey. Directed by Alexander Butler, the movie is now considered a ‘lost film’ – meaning that it no longer exists in any studio/public archives or private collections.
*1918 – Little Women. Released by Paramount Pictures, this was another silent movie. It was shot in and around Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord, Massachusetts and starred Dorothy Bernard, Isabel Lamon and Lillian Hall
*1933 – Little Women. Widely praised by critics as one of the most favourable Little Women adaptations. It was directed by George Cukor and starred Katharine Hepburn.
*1949 – Little Women. The first adaptation of the classic novel which was brought to life with colour. Starring Janet Leigh, June Allyson, Margaret O’Brien and Elizabeth Taylor
*1978 – Little Women. Originally a three-hour miniseries, which was aired in two parts. Directed by David Lowell Rich and starring Susan Dey, Meredith Baxter, Meredith Baxter and Eve Plumb
*1994 – Little Women. One of the most popular adaptations to date, starring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes and Christian Bale. It was nominated for three Academy Awards.
*2018 – Little Women. Starring Lea Thompson, the movie’s main purpose was to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous novel
*2019 – Little Women. Hotly-anticipated adaptation from Oscar nominated director Greta Gerwig. Starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florench Pugh and Eliza Scanlen. Set for release December 26.
*1950 – Little Women. British mini-series which aired on the BBC in six parts. Transmissions were not recorded, and therefore the series is now considered ‘lost’.
*1958 – Little Women. Aired on the BBC and was also a six-parter. It starred Kate Cameron, Diana Day, Phyllis Calvert and Diana Day.
*1970 – Little Women. A nine part series aired on Sunday tea-time slot on BBC1. Was one of the least favourable adaptations due to its low budget and cast looking ‘too old’ for their parts.
*2017 – Little Women. Production was supported by PBS and starred Emily Watson, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald and Kathryn Newton
*1958 – Little Women. Adapted into a television musical by composer Richard Adler
*1981 – Little Women. Also known as Little Women’s Four Sisters, this was an anime series produced in Japan.
*1987 – Little Women’s Four Sisters. Another Japanese anime based on the popular novel
*2012 – The March Sisters at Christmas. Advertised as a contemporary television film based on the four sisters which aired on Lifetime.
*2018 – Haq Se. An Indian version of the popular novel, set in Kashmir.
Speaking of the trailer, director Greta told Entertainment Weekly: ‘We wanted [the trailer] to feel like the movie feels, which is both classical and fresh,
‘We wanted it to feel light on its feet. And even though it does take place in the 19th century, we in no way wanted it to feel like it was something that was past. We wanted it to feel like it was present right now.’
The original novel, penned by novelist Louisa, was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869 but has remained a popular tale.
In 1994, Winona Ryder starred in another remake as Josephine March, a young women who dreams of becoming a successful author.
And in 2017, the BBC aired a miniseries version of the novel which featured Michael Gambon and Angela Lansbury.
Cast: She also appears to capture the attention of an eligible young suitor Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence (Timothée Chalamet)
Sister, sister: Amy (L) , while the most conformist out of the sisters, does show elements of rebellion herself, while Beth (R), the most shy out of them all, does her best to keep the sisterly drama at bay
In character: Meryl Streep also transforms into the sisters’ Aunt March, a wealthy widow who masks her naturally soft nature with a stern persona
Little Women will be directed by screenwriter Greta, 35, who earned much critical acclaim last year for her work on the coming of age film Lady Bird, which also earned Saiorse an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Emma’s role was originally intended for Emma Stone, according to Variety, who reported that she was unable to commit to the role, as she was working on The Favourite at the time.
In December of last year, Emma, who was last seen in 2017’s The Circle, took to her Instagram to offer a first look at the project with a vintage snap of the cast.
Emma added to the snap with a quote from author Louisa which read: ‘I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.’
Speaking of the trailer, director Greta Gerwig told Entertainment Weekly : ‘We wanted [the trailer] to feel like the movie feels, which is both classical and fresh’
‘I love my sisters’: In December of last year, Emma, who was last seen in 2017’s The Circle, took to her Instagram to offer a first look at the project with a vintage snap of the cast