Walt Disney Pictures announced yesterday that actress Emma Watson has been cast to play Belle in a live-action Beauty and the Beast movie!


The Harry Potter alum confirmed the news on her own Facebook page.


The movie, titled The Beast, will start filming later this year. The Beast will be directed by Bill Condon, who also directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, suggesting that we’re in for a darker version of the beloved classic animated film.

As for the soundtrack, we hear it’s going to be a combination of the original 1991 music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashma, along with new songs from Menken. We can’t wait to see Emma singing and dancing as our favorite bookworm!

Now the question is…who should play the Beast?

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