Emma Watson Cast in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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The Wrap broke the news today that the next live-action Disney princess will be played by Emma Watson in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast. Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Kinsey) is set to direct the film, although there’s no word yet on who will play The Beast.

Interestingly, this was not the first time Ms. Watson was cast to play Belle, she was originally tapped to play the lead in a completely different version for Warner Bros. that was to be directed by Guillermo del Toro.

This is the third live-action Disney adaptation set to come out in the near future, with Cinderella releasing in March, and the Jon Favreau-directed Jungle Book coming out next year.

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