Emma Watson Joins “Beauty and the Beast”

“Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson is officially set to play Belle in Bill Condon’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. Filming begins later this year.

Watson had been attached to Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of the story at Warner Bros. Pictures until that project stalled last year. Del Toro apparently gave Watson his blessing for her to jump to the Disney version, which boasts a script by Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”).

Watson revealed the news herself in a Facebook posting which you can see below: