Emma Watson will play Belle in the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast, it has been announced.
On Monday, the Harry Potter star took to Facebook to break the news, writing, ‘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.’
Based on a traditional French fairy tale written in 1750, Beauty and the Beast became a smash hit after it was released as an animated movie in 1991. It has since gone on to become a long-running success on shows and musicals.