Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Live-Action “Beauty and the Beast” Film

News from Walt Disney Studios Publicity this morning is that actress Emma Watson (of the Harry Potter film world) has been cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action interpretation of Beauty and the Beast.

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The actress and fashion icon posted her reaction on her Facebook page following this morning’s announcement:

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

WDWNT will keep you updated on this new Disney film as information becomes available.