So I’d like to preface this with I’ve yet to see Beauty and the Beast, so I can only judge by what I’ve heard.
But seeing all these posts about Watson’s performance got me thinking.
You already have a brunette that vaguely looks like Belle, has a British accent since you insisted on that, has some goddamn good acting chops for a newcomer, can sing (Barbra Fucking Streisand even said so), and would get all the butts in the seats, because everyone already loves her.
Like. I realize Watson was lined up for a Beauty and the Beast adaptation since Guillermo del Toro was making it.
You could’ve had Daisy Ridley.
And yes, I’m aware there’d be serious scheduling conflicts, but goddammit, I find it hard to believe I’d have all this hate thrown in my face if they had found a way to work this out…
Like. If you had to go as white as you did, at least pick someone epically qualified.