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Watson for Beauty and the Beast

Emma Watson is set to play Belle in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty of the Beast.

The Walt Disney Co. announced the casting of the Harry Potter star today, but who will play the Beast hasn't yet been announced.

In a Facebook message, Emma said that she was a huge fan of the tale while growing up and that her "six-year-old self is on the ceiling." She added: "Time to start some singing lessons!"

Emma had long been attached to the project, but it has taken several years for the film to come together. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon is taking over from the previously attached director, Guillermo del Toro.

Disney says production will begin this year.

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