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

Jan 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm |
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It’s a tale as old as time… actors being cast in singing roles with near-disastrous results. But will Emma Watson be the one to break the spell?

The 24-year-old Harry Potter star announced on Monday (Jan. 26) that she has accepted the role of Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Her announcement comes after years of speculation that she would star in the film.

If Hermione Granger was also gorgeous and bookish, Belle shouldn’t be too far of a stretch, right?

Not necessarily. Remember, there’s that whole little bit about singing. Belle sings some of the movie’s most memorable tunes like “Belle,” “Something There,” and even “Home” depending on whether or not Disney recreates their Broadway adaption.

In a 2011 interview, Watson stated that, “I’d love to do something on Broadway, but I think I need to pluck up some more courage. But I love to sing, yeah.” However, her post on Facebook stresses that she needs to start rehearsing. No kidding! With the recent influx of movie musicals, critics are hyper-aware when big actors are chosen in favor of talented singers in order to help the box office (think Gerard Butler as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera or Russell Crowe in Les Mis).

We can only hope that Watson, who is in the prime of her career, can deliver in Beauty and the Beast. No one would want for this to be a fallen petal on her proverbial rose.

New and a bit alarming… Do you think Emma Watson is right for Belle?