Is Watson The Belle Of The Ball?

Emma Watson is a wanted woman. The actress has been courted to play two famous fairytale characters. Both Disney and Warner Bros. are developing live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast. Which Belle will Watson be?

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Is Emma Watson swapping out one fairytale princess for another? The Harry Potter star's been long attached to Warner Bros. live-action Beauty and the Beast. And this week, we've learned Disney is moving full speed ahead with their own adaptation.

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According to Deadline, the studio is looking at screenwriter Joe Ahearne to pen their film. He wrote Danny Boyle's latest movie Trance, which is far from family-friendly. At the moment, the revamp is being called The Beast and is said to have a darker tone.

Classic fantasy tales are proving to be a major draw. We're not shocked at Disney's interest in Beauty and the Beast considering the success of Oz: The Great and Powerful. As of Monday, the film has grossed over $155 million worldwide.

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Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and director Guillermo del Toro are still developing their Beauty and the Beast with Watson as Belle. The actress was also in the running to play Cinderella for Disney opposite Cate Blanchett's evil stepmother.

Unfortunately, Variety claims the studio couldn't work out a deal with Watson. Kenneth Branagh's still set to direct, but they have to find someone else to fit their glass slippers.

Disney to unleash Angelina Jolie's Maleficent in 2014 >>

While we're waiting for those films to come to fruition, Disney already has Maleficent set for July 2, 2014. The film stars Angelina Jolie as the horned villainess from Sleeping Beauty opposite Elle Fanning's Princess Aurora.

Are you interested in seeing another Beauty and the Beast?

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Comments on "New Beauty and the Beast remake? Is Emma Watson Belle?"

Hollis October 26, 2013 | 5:46 PM

This can possibly be a good "LIVE ACTION" movie if done right.

ANNOYED October 08, 2013 | 7:00 AM

I HATE the fact she is playing ONE of my all time fave Disney movies SHE LOOKS NOTHING LIKE Belle, Belle has light brown, long hair and has a certain look emma waston does not have that look she just doesn't. I liked her in harry potter but what I HATE about this is THERE putting a FAMOUS actor in a movie and reckon it will be a hit without even thinking about the ACTUAL fairy tale or story. I hate that! Beauty and the beast is now ruined for me until they make one with the RIGHT actors that REALLY match the role. I know tons of people that would be better suited for this role that look almost like the Disney character, I' am so annoyed! I like Emma watson but I hate what there doing to one of my favorite stories.

HP5eva June 04, 2013 | 7:09 AM

I disagree. People always remember her as the role she played best, which of course is Hermione Granger. She should be proud, how many actors can say that they have played the role so well that they BECAME the role forever in the people's hearts?

TheHuntress March 12, 2013 | 10:41 PM

i absolutely adore Emma. i dont mind that she turned down Cinderella but i am very excited and very high hopes that this new remake of Beauty and the Beast!!!!! but im also hopin that Tom Felton is the Beast. I just think he'll work the best.!! But back to Emma, shes lovely (never having met her myself) but i personally think she will be brilliant in this upcoming movie!! But sometimes what I dont understand is that people keep comparing her to her first major (you all know what im talkin about) Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter phenomenon!! But Emma has moved on from that and her proved herself worthy of other roles othe than a know-it-all goody goody. Such as Perks of Being a Wallflower and this upcoming role in The Bling Ring. but sure people do it because she was first known worldly for. but this is her career and her life let her enjoy it! thanks for reading.

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