Meet Your New ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Belle: Emma Watson

Disney’s ongoing mission to update all its classics for today’s teens scored a major coup today by snagging Emma “Hermione” Watson as the lead for its upcoming live action Beauty & the Beast remake (which will feature songs from the 1991 animated original!). Bill Condon, who helmed a couple of the Twilight entries, will direct the movie, and that’s about all we know right now, but what else do you need to know? Watson herself broke the news over Facebook, saying:

“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.

Wait. Watson can sing too? Is there anything she can’t do? Besides go into the West Wing? …

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