Beauty and the Beast 2017 casts Emma Watson as Belle, the simple country girl and a “revolutionary heroine” with big dreams. But before her, there was Paige O’Hara – the voice we remember and associate with Belle – as she shares the bittersweet journey of working on the classic Disney film.
Belle is a character many young girls can relate to. Her hair is messy and not as princess-ready as Aurora or Cinderella. She looked simple with brown hair and brown eyes. Just a normal and smart girl who “needed no man,” as described by Richard White, the voice behind Gaston.
A heroine “with so many firsts from Disney,” adds O’Hara.
O’Hara auditioned to voice Belle at the age of thirty. Since then, she had passionately been attached to the film even after being replaced after 20 years due to her changing voice.
When asked about her thoughts of the Beauty and the Beast 2017 cast, O’Hara says it is a “perfect casting.”
According to the live-action film’s producer Don Hahn, they “stayed very close” with the story from the original classic.
The 1991 animated film tells a story of a timeless whimsy that transcends through time.
Belle represented a modern woman “who is doing fine on her own.” A character loved by many by her simplicity and thirst for adventures without minding on looking messy – usually with a book under her nose.
Previously, we had seen Beauty and the Beast 2017 cast Emma Watson as Belle where she proved just how perfect she is for the role, not just on-screen but also behind the cameras. A smart actress who is known for fighting her rights as a woman independently – no one else can embody Belle more than Watson can. Along with Dan Stevens as the Beast, a magical world with talking candelabras and teapots is spun once more.
The tale as old as time will once again be taken to an adventure in a tribute to celebrate the film’s legacy going beyond the rules of time.
Beauty and the Beast is going back to life on the big screen on March 17, 2017.
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