Emma Watson attends the UK premiere of "Noah" at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London.
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By Laura Stampler
January 26, 2015

Harry Potter star Emma Watson’s latest role will be another bookish heroine.

“I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast!” the actress posted on her Facebook page. “My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons.”

I'm finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was…

Posted by Emma Watson on Monday, January 26, 2015

The movie will be directed by Bill Condon, who directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

According to a Disney press release, the film will begin filming later this year.

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