Actress Emma Watson, who along with Miles Teller were originally being tipped for playing Sebastian and Mia in "La La Land", reportedly missed out on the role in the candy-colored love story because she demanded too much.
"La La Land" starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling has become one of the most Oscar-nominated films in history after scooping recognition in 14 Academy Award categories last week.
It was originally stated that Watson refused Damien Chazelle, who directed the 2016 blockbuster, to make her singing silver screen debut in Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast".
And it has been reported for several months that Teller'snon-casting in the film was due to a pay dispute with, The Hollywood Reporter claiming that the 29-year-old star wanted more than USD 4 million that was offered, and this figure has since been said to be USD 6 million.
Now, according to The New York Post's column Page Six, Watson, 26, was not cast as Mia because of her "crazy demands".
"Watson was offered the lead female role, but she initially wouldn't commit. Then she began making all the secrazy demands, like rehearsals for the film must be done inLondon- for a film called 'La La Land'!
"They jumped through hoops to make it work with her, but she just didn't feel the film was right for her. Producers finally cast Emma Stone- and once she was on board, Ryan Gosling jumped at the chance to work with her again," a source said.
Watson and Teller are also said to have "freaked out" as the film has won a string of gongs and are expected to scoop a number of Academy Awards later this month.
"Now that it's winning all the awards, they're freaking out and looking for someone else to blame."
Stone and Gosling have received a nomination in the best actress and actor category for the film, respectively.