Emma Watson has announced that she will be playing Belle on Facebook. She stated this morning, “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.”
Bill Condon, director of Dreamgirls, confirmed that the he will be directing the live-action musical. Production is set to happen this year and I’m hoping it comes out before the end of the year! I always loved the idea of the Beast, because he wasn’t your typical Disney prince. I’m excited for this movie and I’m so happy that they casted Emma Watson. She’s literally the perfect actress for this role! When I look at her, I definitely see Belle. I hope the next movie to come out is The Little Mermaid! Casting for the film was supposedly in the works last summer. I’m also looking forward to the live-action version of Cinderella, which is set to be in theaters this March. I doubt it will out do Maleficent, because Angelina Jolie did the damn thing in that film! But, we shall see!