Emma Watson’s American accent certainly raised more than a few eyebrows on social media, after the Little Women trailer was released yesterday. The British actress, 29, stars as one of the March sisters in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel. But some people on Twitter hit out at her Stateside impression with one person saying she was “terrorising” the story. Others joked that her US accent was locked up in Azkaban in reference to her Harry Potter fame.
Many took to the micro-blogging site and criticised Emma’s accent, as one person moaned: “Emma Watson terrorising yet another beloved book adaptation with her American accent.”
A second person said: “Who lied to Emma Watson and told her American accent was good u thought she knew after Perks of Being a Wallflower.”(sic)
Another social media user quipped: “Emma Watson’s American accent locked up in Azkaban.”
While a fourth person added: “Little Women has been my favorite book since I was little and I think the 94 version is lovely. I love all three books in the series and one of the first things I bought for my new house was a framed quote from the book. I’m really scared Emma Watson’s accent is going to ruin it.”
However, not everyone shared the same sentiment with others coming to the actress’ defence.
One person commented: “The LITTLE WOMEN trailer is good and Emma Watson’s American accent is exceedingly fine and everyone needs to go lie down for a quick minute.”
Another person added: “Say what you want about her accent in the Little Women trailer but Emma Watson was phenomenal in The Bling Ring.”
The Harry Potter star will be featured in the latest adaptation of Little Women, alongside Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, and Saoirse Ronan.
Set in 1860s New England, the story follows the the journey of four fearless sisters as they battle societal expectations following the American Civil War.
In the trailer, snippets of the sisters dreams are shown throughout as they attempt to navigate life on their own terms.
This is the latest adaptation of the popular novel, with Winona Ryder starring in the 1994 film version.
Other stars in the flick included Claire Danes, Kristen Dunst, Mary Wickes, Gabriel Byrne and Christian Bale.
A mini-TV series was released in 2017, with three episodes starring Maya Haweke, Kathryn Newton and Dylan Baker, among others.
There have been other television versions of the novel shown from the 1930s to 1970s, with shows airing on the BBC and CBS.
Emma’s role was originally intended for Emma Stone, according to Variety, who reported she was unable to commit to the film as she was working on The Favourite at the time.
In 2017, Emma took to her Instagram to share a snap with her co-stars on her latest project.
With a quote from author Louisa, she captioned the snap: “I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.”