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Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Remake (VIDEO)

Dust off your yellow ball gown and put on your dancing shoes because Emma Watson has just been cast as Belle in the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, according to TheWrap. That’s right, Hermione Granger is all grown up and ready to portray a Disney princess. In fact, it’s a role the 24-year-old actress is thrilled to play.

The former Harry Potter star will play the lead with Bill Condon, who helmed both Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films, in the director’s chair. This film will follow suit with the likes of Maleficent and the soon-to-be-released Cinderella.

Emma took to her Facebook page just after the news broke and shared her excitement: “I’m finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six-year-old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx.”

Disney’s 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast was a massive success, raking in more than $375 million worldwide and even snagging an Oscar nomination for Best Picture — an extremely rare thing for animated films.

Since her Harry Potter days, Emma has been taking more serious roles in movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, Noah, and is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. We can’t wait to see her take on this classic role.

What do you think about Emma playing Belle? Hit the comments and sound off!

Source: Emma Watson on Facebook, TheWrap

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

01.26.2015 / 12:00 AM EDT by Carson Blackwelder
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