January 26, 2015

Emma Watson to be Beauty in Bill Condon's 'Beauty and the Beast' for Disney

Director Bill Condon has cast the “Harry Potter” actress as Belle in the live-action adaptation

Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson has closed a deal to star in Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast,” TheWrap has learned.

Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.

Watson is set to play Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” which is the latest Disney classic to receive a live-action adaptation following “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and Jon Favreau‘s upcoming take on “The Jungle Book.”

Watson had previously been attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Beauty,(sad T_T) which the director was developing for Warner Bros before exiting the project in June, when Disney hired Condon. When WB’s version hit a snag, Disney began to court Watson for its own adaptation with del Toro’s blessing, as the studio agreed that Watson would be perfect as Belle, according to a source.

Watson shared her excitement on Facebook as soon as TheWrap broke the news.
“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”
Disney’s 1991 animated feature “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide and earned a rare Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The timeless tale also spawned a Broadway play.

Best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter” films, Watson has worked hard to establish herself as an actress outside of that blockbuster franchise. She recently starred in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” and she also played herself in the hit comedy “This Is the End

Watson next stars opposite Ethan Hawke in Alejandro Amenabar’s thriller “Regression.” She’s represented by WME and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.
The Wrap


GoldenGemster said...

I am so glad this is going ahead but I wonder who her leading man will be as I'm sure I read somewhere that the guy they had chosen has gone off to do something else. I think this will be a perfect film for Emma and it was quite my favourite of the modern Disney films (Bambi was my favourite of the older ones). LOL

Anonymous said...

This is great news. I could imagine Johnny Depp as the beast, but in a special way Rupert Grint. that young man has something special. He is taking his career slower in developing steps, but in the end this young man's acting chops will be well developed to be able to handle diverse roles. Fans would love that choice.

GoldenGemster said...

I think perhaps Johnny Depp may be a tad too old for the Prince I rather fancy one of her HP fellow cast members either Matthew Lewis or Tom Felton. Both are great actors and rather dishy. I do like Rupert but feel he is not quite right for this particular part. Anyone else got any ideas?

Anonymous said...

I think the german actor David Kross would be great.