Emma Watson to star in Beauty And The Beast

Just last summer, Guillermo del Toro was talking about who he’d love to cast in his live-action version of Beauty And The Beast.

Now it seems he’s got his wish, as Harry Potter actress Emma Watson is in final negotiations to play the eponymous beauty.

The project, just one of del Toro’s many ongoing projects, is coming together nicely with Bridget Jones’s Diary writer Andrew Davies penning the script. Davies will be working from a treatment by del Toro.

For the time being, the Mexican mogul is busy directing PG-13 monster movie Pacific Rim , so we won’t get to see his interpretation of the classic tale – memorably brought to life in the ‘90s by Disney – for a while yet.

Watson seems like perfect casting, though. Apart from bringing the requisite beauty, she’s no stranger to magical yarns.

And after roles in My Week With Marilyn , The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Your Voice In My Head , Watson’s clearly not wanting for post- Potter roles. We can't wait to see what a team up with del Toro will bring.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.