Emma Watson Introduced As Belle For The First Time In D23

Disney fans were treated to a first look at Emma Watson as Belle in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast over the weekend.
During Disney’s D23 fan celebration, attendees were treated to a clip of the film, which led one twitter user to share photos of the actress seemingly in character.
Though star Emma Watson could not be there in person to greet fans as she wanted to be, she did deliver a video message telling the D23 audience how excited she was for the film. "Bringing Belle to life for me has been a complete dream come true," said the actress.

The movie will be directed by Bill Condon and it will be written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky. It has a very notable cast lined up. Actress Emma Watson from the famed "Harry Potter" franchise will play Belle. Actor Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame will play the Beast. Actor Kevin Kline will play Maurice the father of Belle. Luke Evans will play Gaston the hunky villain and suitor to Belle, while his bumbling sidekick Lefou will be played by the hilarious Josh Gad. Playing the enchanted household objects are Ewan McGregor, playing Lumiere the delightful candelabra, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Sir Ian Mckellen will play Cogsworth the high-strung desk clock, and lastly, a new character named Cadenza has been added in the form of a grand piano, which will be played by Stanley Tucci. The musical will hit theatres on March 17, 2017.