Star Emma Watson to play Disney idol Belle in Beauty and the Beast
Actress Emma Watson will play Belle in a live-action remake of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
The 24-year-old, who shot to fame as Hermione in the Harry Potter film franchise and is now a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, made the announcement to fans in a Facebook post.
"(Beauty and the Beast) 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'," Watson wrote.
"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."
The film will be directed by Bill Condon, Disney said.
Production is expected to begin later this year.