Naturally, the movie studio needs to find a beautiful, yet innocent looking woman they can use in the French countryside setting that will go well with the Beast character. According to Noticias, Emma Watson is their beauty. Fans of the film, like Zeca Oliveira, will be happy to see her taking the role of Belle.
Emma Watson rose to prominence with her role in the Harry Potter franchise, but she has since become more and more prominent in other productions as well (potentially more so than the majority of the other children the world watched grow up in the previous Harry Potter movies). Emma announced this information through her Twitter account just yesterday and she simply states she cannot wait for the chance, as she grew up loving the original, animated movie.
The movie is set to be directed by Bill Condo, the director behind Gods and Monsters and the last two Twilight movies.