For the last few years Disney has been looking into their animated back catalogue to see which of their movies they can take into the live-action arena, resulting in films like Maleficent and the upcoming Cinderella.
They’ve also been working on a new version of Beauty and the Beast, and back in 2012 it was suggested Emma Watson might play the lead. However since then it’s not been clear if she would indeed be the movie’s Belle, with many believing she had left after rumoured director Guillermo Del Toro stepped away.
However now Disney has officially announced her casting in the movie, which Bill Condon will direct.
So far there’s no release date set and no news on the exact direction the film will take the classic tale of a young woman and her unexpected romance with a fearsome man who’s been transformed into a beast.