CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Culture

Emma Watson to play bookish Belle in live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'

Disney is making a live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast," and Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame is locked in to play brainy beauty Belle.

emmawatson-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-pt-1.jpg
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." Warner Bros. Pictures

She's already played one major character with her head in the books, and now Emma Watson is set to play another, bookish beauty Belle in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast."

Watson announced the news on her Facebook page, and said how her "six year old self is on the ceiling -- heart bursting."

The post revealed that there will be ample singing and dancing in the live-action remake, and Watson plans to prep by taking singing lessons. This marks the first major casting announcement for the live-action "Beauty and the Beast." We have yet to learn who will be playing the other major roles of Gaston and the Beast.

Given Watson's role as ambassador for UN Women, a United Nations group looking to end gender inequality, it will be particularly interesting to see how she handles the character Gaston. Gaston is described as boorish, uncultured and sexist in the Disney Wiki, and we have to imagine Watson is going to put together a particularly powerful performance, especially when it comes to brushing off Gaston's repeated advances.

Production for the live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" is set to begin later in 2015. If the rest of the casting is as promising as Watson as Belle, the remake could be just as good as (or, perhaps even better than) Disney's animated classic.