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Harry Potter star Emma Watson (who played Hermione Granger) is set to play Belle in the forthcoming live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
‘I was so excited to hear that Disney was thinking of doing a live-action version of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ When something is so perfect, why get near it? The answer is technology has caught up to the idea that were introduced in that movie,’ said director Bill Condon.
On learning Emma Watson will play Belle, original Belle voice actor Paige O’Hara told People magazine, ‘I thought it was genius casting! I don’t think you could pick anyone more right for Belle that’s out there that’s the right age. She’s beautiful, she’s got the intelligence, she’s extremely smart. I think she’s going to be wonderful. I really do!’
And to USA Today, she added to her effusion, saying, ‘I think that if I were producing that movie, Emma Watson would’ve been my first choice for Belle. I was just really happy they went with Emma. She’s got the intelligence, she’s got the humor [sic]. I think she’s going to be really, really special.’
Watch the official teaser trailer here: