It makes perfect sense that someone like Emma Watson be cast as Belle in a new live adaptation of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, and it has now been confirmed that she will indeed be playing the role.
Watson was previously attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of the classic tale for Warner Brothers, but sadly that project did not happen, and when it was binned, Disney started work on their own version. Del Toro gave Disney his blessing for Watson.
Beauty and the Beast marks Disney’s newest live action adaptation of one of their classic tales, with Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book all receiving the live treatment over the past year.
The Wrap confirmed the casting:
“Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson has closed a deal to star in Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast,”
Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.
Disney’s 1991 animated feature “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide and earned a rare Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The timeless tale also spawned a Broadway play.
Watson expressed her excitement on Facebook, stating:
“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.”
Awww, we can’t wait too!