Emma Watson Turned Down Another Disney Princess Role Before Becoming Belle

In March, audiences will get to watch as Emma Watson brings the character of Belle from Beauty and the Beast to life in the live action Disney movie and while there has been plenty of anticipation for the film, it seems like it nearly did not happen. Though from the sounds of her recent interview with Total Film, her decision to turn down Cinderella had nothing to do with the prospect of playing #Belle in Beauty and the Beast. "I was like, 'Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn't fit in, other than she liked books".

Speaking about Belle, she said, "She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded".

"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", the Harry Potter star continued. This means that she will not be swayed by people who choose to scapegoat others, nor any type of fear-mongering.

Lily James was cast as Cinderella together with Cate Blanchett and Richard Maden.

Emma Watson admitted that when she turned down the part of Cinderella she had no idea that they planned to make a live action Beauty and the Beast. "The core DNA of Belle is a feminist", Emma Watson concluded.The movie Beauty and The Beast is set to release in March.

Emma stars in the film opposite Dan Stevens, who plays her love interest, Beast.

So why did Watson accept the role of Belle? She even helped give the film a modern makeover. This twist is one of the reasons Watson considers Belle a better "role model" than Cinderella.

Luke Evans plays Gaston, Kevin Kline her father Maurice, with Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson as Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts, repsectively.

More than two months before discovering the big screen live-action Beauty and the Beast 4 new photos and coverage have been unveiled.



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