But what does Paige O'Hara, AKA the voice of Belle in the animated version of Beauty and the Beast, think about Watson taking over the role?
"If I were producing the film, I would have cast her," O'Hara told BuzzFeed last night at a 25th anniversary screening of the animated classic. "I think she’s absolutely perfect for the role."
"She’s got the outward beauty, but she’s also got an inward beauty about her, and an old soul. Through mutual people we’ve sent messages, and I just basically was wishing her all the best and to have a wonderful time."
And what is O'Hara most excited to see in the live-action adaptation? "In [the original] movie it was in the snow scene of 'Something There' that we made a specific choice that it hits Belle: She’s really falling in love with [the Beast]," she said.
"I want to see Emma’s moment when she realizes she’s fallen in love. That will be so exciting."
But O'Hara doesn't think Belle's love life is the most interesting thing about her. "She was so strong, so independent, and in this day and age she would be for women’s rights — she wasn’t looking for a prince, she fell in love with a man."
OK, Disney. Gonna need you to move the production schedule up and give us this movie NOW.
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