Be Our Guest! Emma Watson to Play Belle in Upcoming Live-Action Film ‘Beauty and the Beast’
After aiding in the defeat of evil wizards and witches, Emma Watson is off to tame the Beast. The former Harry Potter star announced today the exciting news that she will be playing Belle in Disney’s upcoming film, the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast:
The movie will be directed by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon and produced by Mandeville Films’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, with filming to start later this year!
Interestingly, Emma Watson’s new role as Belle bears some uncanny resemblances to her Harry Potter character Hermione. TIME Magazine illuminated several of these similarities in an article “10 Things Beauty and the Beast’s Belle and Harry Potter’s Hermione Have in Common.” A few examples: both Belle and Hermione are bookworms, they are friendly to all creatures, others think they are strange, they judge others based on sloppy table manners and they love to wander into restricted places.