When Emma Watson announced to the Internet on Monday, January 26 that she would be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, her fans responded enthusiastically – “Be Our Guest!” This casting, in my opinion, is flawless. The actress posted on Facebook that her “6 year old self is on the ceiling.” Emma, let me just say, so is my 20 year old self!
If you have been keeping up with Emma Watson over the past few years you might be wondering if there’s anything she can’t do. Since finishing the Harry Potter movie franchise, Watson has starred in three blockbuster films, graduated from Brown University and became an ambassador for the Women’s United Nations. Now—as if we needed another reason to love her—she has been cast as Belle. Who better to play the most literate Disney princess than the girl who played the epitome of an intelligent Hogwarts student, Hermione Granger?
One thing to speculate over is what accent Emma Watson will adopt in the new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, a story set in France. Fortunately, Emma Watson is a powerhouse who was born in Paris and can still speak some French to this day. She has also worked on American movies with an accent to match (The Bling Ring, The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Therefore, no matter what accent the directors ask her to take on, I am confident she will handle it with elegance and finesse as she seemingly does with everything in her life.
The sole problem I have with this film is that it’s not in production yet! Please hurry, Disney, we will be waiting for Emma’s debut as a Disney princess who sings. Make her French, American or British, we don’t care. Just bring on this sure-to-be-spectacular adaptation of Beauty and the Beast!
By CARRIE PINKARD / Contributing Writer