The live-action Beauty and the Beast film is hopping on the Hogwarts express and going the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry to find their leading lady. Actress Emma Watson has been officially casted for the role of Belle in the upcoming project.

After dazzling the world with her egotistical curiosity as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, Watson has been juggling her career as an actress with, education, and serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN. At the age of 25 this young woman has accomplished a lot for herself. It will be exciting to see her back in the saddle of a major film again. So viewers are not confused, Disney is referring to this project as an “interpretation” of the story, with that said viewers should be mindful when coming into this film. Personally, fingers are crossed that we get to see the banter and wit of the staff for the beast in full affect.

It almost as if this role was destined for Watson and becoming a Disney princess. Back in 2012 another adaption on the fairytale fell into the hands of Guillermo Del Toro and Watson was a front runner for the role of Belle. Watson’s beauty and her talent make for a perfect combination for up-holding the legacy of a Disney princess.

The details for the project is very limited with the exception for Watson’s involvement. We know that the film is looking to begin filming later this year. It’ll be very interesting to see who will be joining the cast for this film. Hopefully Disney will put in a valiant effort to cast actors that will bring this project to life. I can think of a list of actors that would perfect for each role in this film. I see a Phantom casting coming up for this project.