Emma Watson cast as Belle in Disney’s new ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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LOS ANGELES — Disney has cast Emma Watson as Belle for a live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation that will tentatively start production later this year

Watson, known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter film franchise and Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (and, more recently, as an advocate for gender equality), will take on the legendary yellow-clad title character, Disney confirmed in an email to Mashable.

And there will be singing, the 24-year-old hinted on Facebook:

Bill Condon will serve as director on the movie, and Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will take on producing credits Read more…

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