Spot on Casting: Emma Watson to Play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Emma Watson, iconic for her part in the Harry Potter films as Hermione Granger, is about to take on another historic role as Belle in the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie.

The gorgeous, Brown University-educated actress seems perfect for the role of Belle, the bookish, beautiful, provincial girl. The news broke through her Facebook post, which also revealed that the movie, directed by Bill Condon, will be a true Disney affair complete with dancing and singing.

The announcement went viral this Monday, but it’s technically not new information. The internet has been raving over the perfect casting for the past three years, since she was chosen for the part back in 2011. Since then, director and distributor of the film have changed, but the casting stayed firm: Watson was ideal for Belle.

As of yet, there is no date of release. Production should start later this year.