We already know Emma Watson was born to play Belle in a live-action Beauty and the Beast, she's actually perfect for it, but we never expected her to get THIS level of approval! Emma has been given the thumbs up by Paige O’Hara, who voiced to original Belle in the 1991 Disney film. Woah.
Paige told Buzzfeed: “If I were producing the film, I would have cast her. I think she’s absolutely perfect for the role." She also says Emma has "the outward beauty, but she’s also got an inward beauty about her, and an old soul. Through mutual people we’ve sent messages, and I just basically was wishing her all the best and to have a wonderful time."
Paige says she's most looking forward to seeing Emma nail this iconic scene: "It was in the snow scene of ‘Something There’ that we made a specific choice that it hits Belle: She’s really falling in love with [the Beast]. I want to see Emma’s moment when she realises she’s fallen in love. That will be so exciting."
In keeping with who Emma is as a person (feminist, humanitarian and legend), Paige pointed out that the story isn't one of love, but strength: "She (Belle) was so strong, so independent, and in this day and age she would be for women’s rights — she wasn’t looking for a prince, she fell in love with a man."
Legit cannot wait!!!