Emma Watson Cast As Belle In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty And The Beast’

(Written for Filmoria)

Emma Watson has confirmed that she is going to be the lead in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of the classic fairytale, Beauty And The Beast.

Set to be directed by Twilight: Breaking Dawn’s Bill Condon, the film will apparently stick really close to the original 1991 animated film, which was a huge box-office success and the first animated film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar.

Watson, 24, is set to play the lead of the beautiful Belle, announcing the news herself on Monday on her Facebook page with the following message:

I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six-year-old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx

Watson made a huge fan base with her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise, and I’m sure she will please fans as equally well with her role as the iconic Belle in this fairytale re-imagining.

Last year’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie in the story of Sleeping Beauty was a surprising success and more fairytale re-imaginings, including Cinderella and The Jungle Book, are on their way. They’ve proven to be good adaptations so far so we let’s hope we can say the same for this one.

The first news of casting certainly makes the project more exciting, although no other casting news has been released as of yet. So who do you think will play Beast?

The script for the film was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and has been re-written by Steve Chbosky, whom Watson worked with in The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

Production is set to begin later this year but there’s no release date as of yet.

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