Emma Watson announced to play Belle in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast film

Actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series, has been cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action interpretation of Beauty and the Beast.

The film is being directed by Bill Condon and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production is anticipated to begin later this year.

(Source: Inside the Magic)

Emma leaves Warner Brothers' Beauty for Disney's Beauty and the Beast

From TheWap Jan 2015: 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,” 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 s represented by WME and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.

Seems like she’s determined to play Belle. It seems that the Warner Brothers project has been shelved for the time being, so the “rivals” hired her. Is this the project that they meant when they said that La La Land would create problems for another movie of hers?

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Imagine bringing together a group of strangers and putting them in promixity together in an outdoor environment with some kind of goal in mind. Then look to see what happens.Does none of this sounds familiar yes, is the basic formula used for most shows.It reality is also the basic structure for something else most of you probably are less familiar with: to study abroad. Not all programs of study abroad programs work like reality television, but all have the potential. Imagine: a group of students, most if not all of whom knew each other before the trip, he went to a country where you may not speak the language, and are all the friends you have on that side of the world.If’ve never studied abroad before, you have no idea of how time passes differently when you’re in a foreign country for people who hopes and trusts that become fast friends with. Time passes much more slowly. Each day is a new experience. All as mundane as going to school and ask you novelities lunch. Everyone is new to you. You notice little things about each other every day, thinking along the way if you are going to enjoy the company of these people in the long term. Sometimes, you end up making their decisions very early.Smaller study abroad programs (ten or fewer people) usually work more like reality television. More than that, and only the high school again with all the gang, in groups, and outside groups. That does not mean they can not form subgroups with a core group of ten or less, but the point is that everyone knows. When I studied in Sweden, since there was almost a hundred of us, I remember very well that there are certain people who never had a conversation with. I had my usual circle of friends, and that was enough for me. Humans are inherently lazy that.When have studied in Japan, however, there were only ten of us Americans with ten Japanese were matched with us as “guardians.” Everyone knew everyone and talked with everyone. Naturally, he approached some Americans and some Japanese than others, but I talked to everyone.This is where the reality show kicks back in.You part in a completely new country. Usually, you have come to broaden their horizons, and that’s exactly what you’re doing, but the irony is that you have also reduced their immediate social world. You do not speak the local language (yet), so it is friendly with people at random out of the question. You do not really talk to your classmates because, believe it or not, as curious as it could be about you foreigners, are too shy to talk to you. Some countries are the exception, however. Some people are too.So exceptions, you basically have a pretty set of people who pass the time. Chances are, you are also living together. It’s a perfect formula for people to approach each other very quickly. (I grew up very close to the people I met in Japan, despite everything I say in this article referred to Japan, I never regretted anything I did while studying abroad there.) A romance abroad is an interesting idea. There is no way you can go around that statement. As difficult or uncomfortable as it may seem, is no doubt interesting.Does anyone have any idea what I’m getting yet? Do you see a degree or any other programs that are designed to show the most ugly and, in theory, the most beautiful parts of love between a man and a woman (do not think that American television would see a reality show on couples homosexuals)? You grow up like everyone else. Very fast. Sometimes, to grow as the same people. That could be very good, and could be spread very bad.News. Gossip becomes news. Then spreads more quickly. Form alliances. The information is transferred only through certain channels, some slower than others, some so slow that it does not matter when the information is heard.Some international students just do not care about this, but it’s hard not to be thrown in the bathtub whirlpool of emotional activity going on. Also, I do not mind not having much fun. They do not go through the unnecessary drama much either, but usually there is something to learn in the unnecessary drama. I have found my experience abroad in Japan to be more complete because of it. There were a couple of nights, when the boys and girls were on opposite sides of the negotiation, trying to get information from each other.It all sounds very silly, and was (we are the reality TV shows, but nothing silly? ) but you do not realize when you’re doing. Everything seemed very real, and it was. Once again, it was because everyone knew everyone.All this is covered by the knowledge that permeates this end of it. Whether you are there just for a summer, a semester or a year, it will end. You can bring friends (and maybe more) back with you across the ocean or across the border, but it’s all too fleeting (I’ll refrain from falling into a philosophical side note about how life is beautiful because everything is fleeting). If you are studying abroad to complete their college education, then your experience is beyond the scope of this article written by someone who has, for better or worse, never studied so much time on any one knows country.Because will end soon, trying to live each day to the fullest, which is what everyone should do every day, but we must keep perspective in mind. Most young humans are not able to imagine life ending, but you can imagine half a year from now. Because I try to live each day to the fullest, to make decisions that might be too shy to do anything else. Sometimes they are hasty decisions, but they are their own nonetheless.We all know reality TV shows are nothing more than reality, but we believe in the reality whips for us because it is great entertainment. That’s at least one difference between studying abroad and the reality TV shows. Despite all the similarities, studying abroad is undeniably real.

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