When Sony Pictures finally found an “in” for a new Ghostbusters movie with Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig at the helm of a female-fronted reboot, casting rumors immediately began swirling. Feig eventually filled the ensemble out with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and now Chris Hemsworth, but there were a number of other different names that were bandied about, including Emma Stone.
Stone is one of the most popular and talented actresses around, so of course Sony would be interested in having the actress star in the Ghostbusters reboot. Plus, she already had some practice in Zombieland and Bill Murray personally championed her for a role. Ultimately she’s not in the film, but in a new interview with WSJ, Stone reveals that she actually turned it down:
“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.”
Indeed, this was on the heels of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a film in which she and Andrew Garfield did spectacular work despite a terrible script. The movie was a disappointment for Sony, who is now moving forward with another reboot with Marvel’s Kevin Feige producing, so it’s no surprise that Stone was a bit hesitant to jump straight back into another franchise property.
After a stint on Broadway in Cabaret, the actress is currently getting ready to film the musical La La Land opposite Ryan Gosling for Whiplash director Damien Chazelle. While she no doubt would’ve been fantastic in Ghostbusters, it’s nice to see the actress continuing to make interesting choices.