The live-action re-imagining of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is still a long way away, with news of Emma Watson portraying the bookish Belle herself and Paige O’Hara approves of her.
Disney is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast. In an interview on USA Today, Paige O’Hara, who brought Belle to life in the original movie, gives her thumbs-up to Watson’s version. O’Hara says, “I think if I were producing that movie, Emma Watson would’ve been my first choice for Belle…I was just really happy they went with Emma. She’s got the intelligence, she’s got the humor. I think she’s going to be really, really special.”
According to TheWrap, the script for Beauty and the Beast will be written by Stephen Chbosky and will be directed by Bill Condon. Condon previously directed Twilight: Breaking Dawn and Chbosky previously directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are at the helm as the film’s producers.
Robby Benson and Richard White, who played the Beast and Gaston respectively were also with O’Hara in the interview. The three of them have not yet met their counterparts but they have seen the trailer. White says, “The trailers are gorgeous, it’s so beautiful.”
To add to that, O’Hara says, “It feels like we’re passing on the torch. But there’s always going to be room in history for both these versions.”
In other news, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad and Emma Thompson are also confirmed to be in the picture.
This will be the fourth time a much loved Disney classic will have a live-action version, following Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.
The live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast premieres on March 17, 2017.
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