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Back in July, we reported that Guillermo Del Toro was eyeing Emma Watson to star in his live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Now Variety is reporting that the film has been green-lit at Warner Bros., with both Watson and Del Toro on board.

According to Variety, Watson is in the final stages of negotiations for the role of Belle, which will most likely film when she completes Your Voice in My Head with David Yates.

Beauty and the Beast is a new, live-action take on the classic story from scribe Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’s Diary). Del Toro is expected to begin work once he completes work on Pacific Rim for Warner Bros.

We’ll be sure to keep you all updated as more news of this project is revealed. Are you excited to see Watson and Del Toro tackle this classic material?

  • Theaterboy1

    I was definitely gonna see this before but now I will have a front row seat!!!! :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/fravit Fravit

      No you won’t that’s too close to the screen, you’ll have to look up the whole time, you’ll strain your neck. You should sit a few rows back.

      • Lauren


  • Vance

    Does final negotiations means she is in? I am so excited for this… maybe even more than “Perks” if so… she would be an excellent Belle!

    • http://www.hypable.com Andrew Sims

      Yeah, it basically means she’s in. Unless there’s a sudden surprise in terms and they’re objectionable.

  • Alex

    OH HECK YEAH!!!!!

    I’m SO EXCITED!!!! after the weird let down that was OuAT take on BatB (still love the show but rumple as beast? no thnk you!) I’m So Super excited for this!

    also I ALWAYS imagined Emma as Belle. 

    *fingers crossed that the project goes All the way through to completion*

    • bell


      • GirlWhoCriedWhenSiriusDied

         ‘I’m SO EXCITED!!!! After the weird let down that was Once Upon a Time’s (OuAT) take on Beauty and the Beast (BatB) (still love the show but Rumplestiltskin (Rumple) as beast? No thank you!) I’m so super excited for this!

        That help? :)

  • HermioneCriss

    I am playing Belle in my school play right now. And now this happened. Emma is my idol. *freaking out*

    • Ela09ah

      no one cares

      • Lauren

        I care :)

        • jordan.d

          me too!

      • Hermione

        You suck

      • WillowBlood

        Really? Are you kidding me? 

      • GirlWhoCriedWhenSiriusDied

         I care as well :)

    • Guest

      Life is awesome when it works out that way! :D

  • notenoughpuff

    Suddenly dozens of graphics have become relevant again…

  • Sarah

    I like Emma Watson, but I absolutely worship Guillermo Del Toro. I would watch his version of Beauty and the Beast even if he cast Miley Cyrus as Belle. I know he will do right by the story. The fact that it’s Emma just confirms this belief.

  • Saraelizabethmatthews

    Andrew Davies isn’t known for Bridget Jones’ Diary alone. I mean GOSH He’s written the most amazing BBC period pieces. This movie could be amazing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/morgan_burt Morgan Burt

    Wow, SO many fairy tale adaptations right now. See ya later, vampires.

    • Luigi_barraza

      DREAM PROJECT! Del Toro and Emma

  • Anon8

    So excited! Great story (fairy tales being remade is really popular right now), brilliant director, and I will watch anything with Watson in it! Excite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Hernandez/539018211 Diego Hernandez

    so is this gonna a modernization like “beastly” or is it its gonna be the classic only in live action?

    • akacj18

      oh god i hope not like beastly… it is guillermo del toro… so it could be pretty trippy

  • Bernardotriana

    She is the perfect belle!!!!!!

  • akacj18

    this makes no less than 3 B&tB adaptions (and that’s not counting the Once Upon A Time subplot)… B&tB is making it’s big comeback!

  • Anonymous

    Pretty pumped.. i think she will be the most successful of the trio 

  • HungaGurl

    she is so BEAUTIFUL!

  • nodaybut2day7

    This really excites me! I think I like Emma as Belle more than I like her as Sam from Perks! (I love Emma and all, but I still cannot picture her as Sam)

  • http://twitter.com/HUGO7321 anthony

    I’m really really excited for this!!!!!!!!!!

  • SH

    I want to know who is playing the beast!?!

  • http://twitter.com/fluflu44 Mandy Brennan

    This is so exciting! Although it makes me wonder if it’s going to clash with ABC’s & The CW’s Beauty & the Beast… 

  • Sia

    Potter fans saying good things because they were in Potter but heaven forbid it’s someone else OUT COMES THE CRAP TALK ! 

    • moonshoespotter1712

      i’m not certain that it’ll be a good movie, but we just think emma will make a good belle :)

    • guest

      shut up. it’s not just because she was in potter, she’s also in my week with marilyn and perks of being a wallflower. and ballet shows,etc

      there’s a lot of us that like her for more than potter.

      and if you want someone else for belle you can watch OuaT or the other BaTB project that is coming up. 


    • katie

      Have you heard our crap-talk on certain other Potter actors?  Believe me, Potter fans critique their own actors as much as actors from other franchises. Emma Watson is a fantastic actress. If Bonnie Wright was cast as Belle, however, I doubt so many fans would be thrilled.

  • http://twitter.com/SlySound Brett H

    Not if she has short hair!

    • moonshoespotter1712

      she’ll wear a wig for the role of belle. :)

    • BookReader

      I think her short hair is cute!

  • Pikakeflor

    I’m so excited for this! I love Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson will be a perfect Belle. :)

  • http://twitter.com/chelscantil Chelsea Cantil

    can’t describe how excited I am! is it going to be a musical version?

    • Alex

      i would die happy if it has music. specially if emma watson sings songs like “provincial town”

      but since it has del toro, i’m certain it wont happen. :(

  • http://postpottercritics.tumblr.com Melissa-Kristine Allingham

    Oh this should be very interesting!

  • moonshoespotter1712

    aah! she’d be such a lovely, beautiful belle. Beauty and the beast is such a wonderful story though, i hope a live action one isn’t going to be following the lines of red riding hood or alice in wonderful and twisting it into a darker weirder story. 

    • moonshoespotter1712

      and i wonder how they’re going to do the beast… 

    • Alex

      alice in wonderland wasn’t twisted and dark. just a little weirder- but that’s straight from the book, and it could have been weirder.

      now if you talking about alice mcgee version, i agree.

  • Tomas

    I never really likes Beaty and the beast, but AM I EXCITED FOR THIS ONE WITH EMMA! :D

  • http://twitter.com/insertSobriquet Gabrielle

    Yay! Awesome!!

  • Lauren

    She is so beautiful! What a role model…

  • Anonymous

    If its anything like the Disney version and Belle is a book worm, is it safe to say that Emma has been type casted as a pretty nerd?

    • http://twitter.com/insertSobriquet Gabrielle

      No. Her role in Your Voice in My Head is anything but a pretty nerd. Same goes for Perks of Being a Wallflower.

      But there’s no telling what Belle’s personality will be in this version, but I’m sure it will be awesome considering the screenplay was written by Andrew Davies and it will be directed by Guillermo. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001426435099 Louelle van Rens

    Wow. Recently reignited fasination with Beauty and the Beast stories, and now THIS. This is just wonderful and awesome. I can’t wait (:

  • Ekta

    My fave Disney movie, now with one of my fave actresses! When does it hit theaters…that’s all I’m worrying about…not soon enough.

  • Anonymous

    NO doubt she’ll be great but am I the only one who wishes she had gotten Snow White in SWATH instead? I’d love to see her in a fighting role like that. Also, I’d much sooner believe Emma Watson to be fairer than Charlize Theron than I would Kristen Stewart(not that Kristen isn’t good and pretty but Emma’s better).

    • http://twitter.com/insertSobriquet Gabrielle

      I think Belle is the strongest of all the “Disney princesses.” She’s already a fighter, so they don’t have to make her into one. 

      • Anonymous

        If you say so. I’m not that familiar with the story so I don’t know. All I know is that Emma would make a great BAMF xD

      • ew_rude


  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to see what Del Toro does with B&B.  Having Emma as the star makes it even better!

  • http://twitter.com/Annanass777 Anna Di

    How fitting that the most beautiful woman ever will be playing The Beauty ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Berkowicz/100001206459875 Adam Berkowicz

    Very excited to see her acting again. I was afraid she’d take a prolonged break for her studies. 

  • http://twitter.com/Merina2 Merina

    Wonderful! She’ll do a great job, I’m sure :)

  • Katie

    This is going to be awesome, Emma will be the PERFECT Belle. So she’s definitely do “Your Voice in My Head” with Yates then? (Sorry, guess I’m a little behind…)

  • Luna

    i cant wait to see your voice in my head, great book, and Beauty and the Beast hell ya!!1

  • Asdf

    isn’t this supposed to be based on robin mckinley’s (one of the coolest authors ever!) version of beauty and the beast, ‘beauty’? even if it isn’t, you all should read it, cause it’s a brilliant book. yay!

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen


  • http://myselfandpotter.blogspot.com/ VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    She’ll do great! :) 

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