Originally lined up to depict Belle in director Guillermo Del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson has now been officially cast in Disney’s live action version of the animated classic. Read on for details!
Perhaps best known for role as Hermione Granger in the much loved Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson has been tapped to play yet another character from the annals of literary history, Belle of Beauty and the Beast. After the attempt at a live action adaptation over at Warner Brothers fell through, Disney urgently began the courting process to have Watson join their project. Things obviously went their way.
Joining the ranks of live action reboots of their classic animated franchises like Maleficent and the upcoming Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast is primed to retell the tale with a few modern twists while still maintaining the magic that made the originals so memorable.
The film is being helmed by Twilight: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon and was written by Stephen Chbosky, the man responsible for the incredible Perks of Being a Wallflower (I liked it and I don’t care if you didn’t). The 1991 Beauty and the Beast grossed almost 400 million worldwide and has the rare honor of being an animated film that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
I think it’s safe to say that Emma Watson as Belle is impeccable casting. She looks the part (gorgeous) and is one heck of an actress. Thus far she is the only one cast in the picture but more news is sure to follow as production gets underway. As soon as news broke (via TheWrap) of the casting Watson took to her Facebook page to let the world know of her excitement.
“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.”
As soon as more information about the film is released I’ll be here to let you know. For now, what do you think of Emma playing Belle? Sound off in the comments below and don’t forget to check back in to OTL News for all the latest!