It might have been a little hard to picture Emma Watson as Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at first (can she even sing?!?!!?), but once pictures, clips, etc., started to emerge, our hearts quickly welcomed the Harry Potter star as the Princess. Yes, tons of other amazing actresses were considered for the coveted role, but the 26-year-old has the charm and grace needed to play royalty.
We still have more than two months before Beauty and the Beast hits theaters, so in the meantime take a look at the other female stars who were considered for the role.
1. Lily Collins — According to IMDB, the 27-year-old actress was “considered for the role of Belle for a while” before Emma Watson was ultimately cast. Lily had previously taken on the lead role in Mirror Mirror, a live-action re-imagination of the classic story, Snow White, proving that she is comfortable in the Disney universe. We’re not sure if she actually auditioned to play the lead in BatB, but we can only imagine how hard movie executives’ decision must’ve been if she did.
2. Emma Roberts — IMDB also reports that this Emma was considered in Disney highly anticipated movie, which is kinda shocking to us, TBH. You see, the 25-year-old is known for playing the
bitchy character same kind of role over and over again, and this princess is definitely a little more ~romantic~ than what we’re used to see her playing. Hey — maybe he says singing in Unfabulous inspired her to audition!
3. Amanda Seyfried — Amanda stole our hearts in Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables, so it’s pretty surprising that she was only “briefly considered” to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast. We think she would’ve made an amazing Disney Princess, don’t you?
4. Kristen Stewart — While you may think KStew’s previous role as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman got her considered for Belle in Beauty and the Beast, it was actually her already established relationship with director Bill Condon (the man who directed the final two Twilight movies) that got casting execs talking. A source said that Bill “Definitely thought of Kristen Stewart as a possible Belle” in the early stages of making the movie, but since it took so long to go from development to filming, who knows what happened in the end.
Emma isn’t the only YA actress who’s starring in a 2017 movie remake…
Chloe Grace Moretz
2017 Movie Remake: Suspiria
This remake has been in the works since 2008 and before Chloe, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton joined the cast, Natalie Portman and Isabelle Fuhrman were supposed to have the lead role. The reboot was off, then on two times over, but but they finally nailed down the (hopefully final) cast for the new version of the horror film and expect a 2017 release.
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2017 Movie Remake: Flatliners AND xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Nina's most famous role may be as Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries, but she also nailed the role as Logan Lerman's big sis in Perks of Being a Wallflower (maybe she was hoping Stephen would hook her up with a role in Beauty in the Beast, too!). She's starring in the third installment of the XXX films (even though the second sequel premiered over ten years ago!) with Vin Diesel, and then the new Flatliners flick.
While the latter movie was originally pitched as a remake for the 1990 film, when Kiefer Sutherland signed on, he said that he would be playing the same character...making it part-reboot, part-sequel, especially considering that Kiefer's is the only character returning. Beau Mirchoff from MTV's Awkward. and Ellen Page will also star.
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2017 Movie Remake: Baywatch
2017 is going to be a huuuuge year for Alexandra; she has four movies coming out! The most highly anticipated film is definitely Baywatch, based on the 11-season '90s show of the same name, which she co-stars in with (a mostly shirtless) Zac Efron. Counting down the days until May 26th!!!!
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2017 Movie Remake: Beauty and the Beast
Emma is the YA movie queen, so basically everyone freaked out when it was announced that she scored the role as Belle in a live-action remake of one of our all-time fave Disney films. Maybe we should have seen it coming because the actress already starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and he was the one who also re-wrote the script for this film! With Luke Evans as Gaston and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens as The Beast, we're sure this film is going to be an instant classic when it releases on March 17th.
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2017 Movie Remake: Power Rangers
The Power Rangers franchise has spawned basically thousands of TV shows (okay — a few), but only three movies. The last flick came out in 1997, so directors pulled out all the stops for the modern reboot set to arrive in March 2017. While the Power Rangers themselves are played by young stars like Dacre Montgomery from Netflix's Stranger Things and Naomi Scott from Disney's Lemonade Mouth, they got one of our fave Hunger Games actresses to swoop in and play a villain!
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2017 Movie Remake: Murder on the Orient Express
Daisy may be busy killing it as Rey in the newest Star Wars reboot, but she's not a one-woman-film type of gal at all. She'll also be playing Mary Debenham in this Agatha Christie adaptation. When this film debuts on November 22nd, it will be only two days less than 42 years since the OG movie came out. Think they did that on purpose?
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