Oh snap. We got some Disney beef cooking in the oven right now. Emma Watson stars in the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. She plays Belle in the film and it’s a character she absolutely fell in love with.
Even before she knew Disney was making a remake of Beauty and the Beast, she dreamed of one day playing the character. And it was that dream that prevented her from accepting the role as Cinderella in the 2015 live-action Disney remake.
During a recent interview with Total Film, Watson explained she believes Belle is a better role model than Cinderella.
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella. But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. There’s this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring.“
She also revealed to the publication that it was a collaboration between her and director Bill Condon. They turned Belle into an inventor, like her father, “The core DNA of Belle is a feminist,” Watson said.
Beauty and the Beast will hit theaters March 17, 2017.