'Superbad' Star Emma Stone Heads Back To High School For An 'Easy A'

Emma StoneEmma Stone may have played second fiddle to Anna Faris in "The House Bunny," but she's becoming a comedic leading lady in her own right ... even if she has to brand herself to do it. According to Variety, she's nabbed the lead in Screen Gems' "Easy A", a high-school retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."

Directed by Will Gluck ("Fired Up") and boasting a script from New York playwright Bert. V. Royal, "Easy A" centers on a high school student who decides being known as a slut is the way to go. She decides to feign being promiscuous, but her life begins to mimic that of Hester Prynne, Hawthorne's famous "scarlet woman."

Since Stone will only be pretending to be sleeping around, we're guessing she won't be saddled with a baby, but will instead end up ostracized from everyone. She'll probably even suffer the equivalent of wearing Prynne's scarlet letter A -- a defaced locker.

While you might think it's cheesy to rewrite Hawthorne for high school, keep in mind that it's not the first time classic literature has been updated for a teenage comedy. "Clueless" was famously based on Jane Austen's "Emma", and did a great job reworking the story into the 1990s. Who knows? "Easy A" may even have more in common with the original book than Demi Moore's "serious" version did in 1995!

MTV readers, could this film do for Stone what "Clueless" did for Alicia Silverstone? Do you think Hawthorne's story is a good choice to update into a high school? Or do you just want to see more of Emma Stone?