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Disney: 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake + Emma Watson Not 'Cinderella'

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March 12, 2013

Beauty and the Beast

Here's a strange web of interconnected news. Just at the end of last month we learned that Emma Watson was in talks for the title role in a live-action version of Disney's famous fairytale Cinderella. However, Variety reports that she is no longer taking the role. The move did seem surprising since Watson was said to be part of a new take on Beauty and the Beast with Guillermo del Toro producing. In a strange twist, there's news that Disney is working on their own live-action version of the familiar tale with they turned into the first animated Best Picture nominee in 1991. Sounds like they want to beat del Toro to the punch.

Deadline has word that Disney has tapped writer Joe Ahearne, the British writer who worked on Danny Boyle's new thriller Trance, to write a film called The Beast. The title alone seems to throw the fairytale nature of the story aside, and bringing on a writer like Ahearne seems to indicate this will be a bit darker. Of course, this is Disney, and they just had a clash with Mark Romanek over his take on Cinderella which was said to be a little too dark for the studio, so they won't be going too crazy with a revisionist take on the story. This just goes to show you that the fairytale revamp trend isn't going anywhere, especially with Oz: The Great and Powerful making some serious coin last weekend.

As for Cinderella, it's a bit disappointing that we're losing Watson as Cinderella, but previous names like Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) have also tested for the role, so maybe one of their names will be announced soon instead. In addition, I'm hoping Watson falls away from del Toro's Beauty and the Beast project, if only because we don't need yet another set of competing pictures. It seems to be happening more frequently than it used to in the past, and del Toro is pretty busy, so maybe we'll be in the clear. Thoughts?

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  • hg
    watson better have some good reason to drop 2 projects one she would of been starring with stanley tucci and the other with blanchett she isn't jennifer lawrence or saorise roanan or some super acclaimed in demand actress she knows harry potter is over right??
    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
      She dropped them to work on Star Wars.
      • Aleyna
        She is NOT going to work on Star Wars..
        • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
          It could happen...
          • stacey
            I have nothing against Emma Watson and I think she's a great actress, but I hope she doesn't end up in the film, at least for the new one coming out.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Actually, considering she's been getting offered these kind of projects, I would say she's definitely in demand. She hasn't received tons of accolades for her work yet, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a step in the right direction. In addition, she was only in talks for Cinderella, so her schedule might already be full. And that David Yates project has been kicking around for awhile, and people can't wait around forever.
      • Serena Knightngale
        Also considering the fact that Harry Potter is one of the only movies she tried out for, she isn't use to auditioning for movies and is too anxious to.
        • Haley
          LIE. Emma Watson was in 2 movies while the Hp franchise was in theaters. She's plenty confident so get your facts straight.
        • Haley
          Not to mention perks, bling ring AND the is the end.
    • mellowhype7710
      Maybe she doesn't want to get type casted for something else on top of harry potter. She is going to he the most successful actor from the series
      • Flames
        I'm not sure about that. Tom Felton has quite a large number of recent and upcoming roles. They're quite varied as well. He's been working almost non-stop.
    • Elle
      can't agree with u more! she's overrated and tawdry. Disney princesses should be pure and fresh.
      • artdcviohb
        you are overrated.
        • kdee
          if you are talking remakes of Disney movies from what I have seen they seem to be going a little dark and the princesses really aren't that pure and fresh. Look at the snow white remake. Kristin Stewart pure and fresh? no more so than Emma is I would have to say. I think she would make a great princess in a darker remake I mean really get over the pure and fresh she is not a vegetable you know.
  • Shea Porter
    Can we get someone that is new and fresh and/or who actually looks like Belle if this is to happen????
  • Mikki
    I wanna be a princess where do I sign up? (haha in your dreams self...) I would die if I got one of those roles.

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