Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Disney’s Live Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

by: Jay Carlson

With Maleficent a worldwide hit and Cinderella is set to hit screens in a big way on March 15th as well as Jon Favreau’s currently-in-development adaptation of The Jungle Book coming in April of 2016 Disney continues to roll forward with live-action adaptations of their most beloved animated films..

Casting has officially begun with a bang on their next adaptation, Beauty and the Beast. Disney’s original animated film was a blockbuster upon its original release, grossing close to $400 million worldwide and scored a very rare best picture Academy Award nomination.

With the pedigree of their animated film, it comes as no surprise that Disney would be looking to the A-List for their Belle. Today the casting became official with Emma Watson confirming her involvement today via her official Facebook.

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You may recall that Watson was previously attached to Guillermo del Toro’s own adaptation of the story in Beauty prior to him leaving the project in June. She has reportedly taken the role in Bill Condon’s upcoming Disney film with the blessing of del Toro.

What do you think about Watson as Belle? I love Bill Condon’s older work and think that he can make an amazing looking Beauty and the Beast.