Emma Watson to Play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson co-hosts a special event organized by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in support of their HeForShe campaign. Over the next year the campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. Credit: Mark Garten/UN Photo

Emma Watson is the new Belle of the “Beast.” The “Harry Potter” star revealed Monday that she’s been cast as Belle in the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.” Disney confirmed the news.

The film will be directed by Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters,” the final two “Twilight” films). According to the Internet Movie Database, Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) will have a hand in the screenplay.

The original “Beauty and the Beast,” from 1991, was the first animated feature to be nominated for a best picture Oscar. It featured the voices of Robby Benson as the Beast and Paige O’Hara as Belle, and it included the memorable songs “Be Our Guest” and “Something There.”

It was turned into a Broadway musical in 1994, the first of Disney’s animated films to make the jump to Broadway.

Naturally, the Internet went completely nuts over the news.

Fans will have to wait a while, though. The film isn’t even scheduled to go into production until later this year. No release date has been announced.