Disney just made what could arguably be considered the greatest casting decision of all time! It was announced Monday that Emma Watson will play Belle in the studio’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast.
A release date has yet to be announced, but production for the film is expected to begin this year. The Harry Potter star, herself, confirmed the casting news on Facebook, and even revealed that she’ll be singing for the role.
“I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast!” Emma wrote on Monday. “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.”
Don’t get too frustrated regarding the lack of details, though — a live-action version of Cinderella hits theaters this Spring!