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Though it may have divided critics two years ago, Kenneth Branagh’s rendition of Cinderella stands as one of Disney’s early efforts in this new age of live-action reimaginings. A staggering worldwide haul of $543 million was enough to cement its status as an international success – becoming Branagh’s highest-grossing film yet – but had things panned out differently at the Mouse House, Cinderella would have seen Emma Watson, not Lily James, squeezing into those magical glass slippers.
Total Film (via Screen Rant) caught up with Watson in anticipation of Beauty and the Beast and amid general talk of Belle and her monstrous muse, the British actress revealed that she chose Bill Condon’s live-action redo over Cinderella because she felt a deeper connection to the character of Belle.
- Michael Briers
Emma Watson is the new Belle in Beauty And The Beast, and Disney die-hards are overflowing with giddiness, waiting to hear her sing and twirl in the upcoming film. But this is a fairy tale that was almost not so, as Watson was offered the leading role in the 2015 live-action Cinderella movie, but turned it down. Lily James was then hired, and everything turned out magical, and everyone had cake and celebrated.... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Emma Watson was destined to play a Disney princess.
Watson reveals she was originally offered the part of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 live-action remake of the Disney movie but turned it down before eventually taking on her upcoming role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
So why did she pass on the role of Cinderella?
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella,” she told Total Film. (Downton Abbey alum Lily James ended up starring in the movie.) “But when they offered me Belle, I just »
Emma Watson has lived the dream of countless childhoods by getting her pick of Disney princesses to play. And like those of us who ignored the whole Stockholm Syndrome thing to focus on our favorite character’s literary inclinations, she chose Beauty And The Beast’s Belle. In an interview with Total Film, coming to us via Screen Rant, Watson explained that she was offered the part of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 live action reboot, but said no, leaving the role for Lily James to swoop up in her giant gown. Then the chance to play Belle came along.
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty And The Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella, but when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did,” she said. “She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Emma Watson is starting the promotional rounds for the live-action film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which hits theaters on March 17. In a recent interview with Total Film, Watson was asked about famously turning down the role of another Disney princess, Cinderella, in a similar remake in 2015. "I didn't know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella," she said. "But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did." Instead, newcomer Lily James starred in the titular role alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Madden. "In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring." Watson went on about the differences between the two fictional characters, especially when it comes to Belle being a "much better role model" for young girls. »
- Brittney Stephens
It should come as no surprise that Emma Watson prefers Belle to Cinderella. After all, the actress, 26, passed on the titular role in director Kenneth Branagh's 2015 live-action remake of the Disney animated classic. Lily James, 27, eventually stepped into the princess' glass slippers, with Cate Blanchett and Richard Madden rounding out the film's cast. Why did Watson turn down such a high-profile part? "I didn't know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella," she tells Total Film. "But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did." Watson argues Belle is a much better »
This March, Emma Watson is set to bring Belle to life as the star of Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, but the actress has revealed to Total Film that this isn’t the first Disney Princess she’s had the opportunity to play, having turned down the title role in 2015’s Cinderella.
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella,” said Watson. “But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice. In a strange way, [Belle] challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. And also, she manages to keep her »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Brew Jan 17, 2017
It looks like the Downton Abbey movie will get moving this year...
It looks as if those plans for a Downton Abbey movie are coming to fruition, and it’s now looking really quite likely that the film will be coming together shortly. Speculation was recently fuelled by Jim Carter (Top Secret!), who played Carson in the TV show. He told Good Morning Britain at the start of the year that “we’ve been asked to keep ourselves available for dates in the future, but nobody has seen a script”.
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- Laura Berger
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The Creed and Cinderella stars, respectively, are set to lead the upcoming indie film, also featuring James Badge Dale, Luke Kirby and Lance Reddick. Written and directed by Nia DaCosta, Little Woods is produced by Rachael Fung and Gabrielle Nadig.
Little Woods, which is described as a modern Western and marks DaCosta’s directorial debut, sees Thompson and James playing Ollie and Deb, sisters who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her »
- Ashley Lee
Exclusive: Tessa Thompson and Lily James are set to star in upcoming indie title Little Woods, with James Badge Dale, Luke Kirby and Lance Reddick also joining the cast. The film, which is written and directed by Nia DaCosta, is produced by Rachael Fung and Gabrielle Nadig. CAA is handling sales. Little Woods marks DaCosta's directorial debut and is dubbed a modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work… »
It's no secret that Disney has been refreshing its animated classics with live-action reboots like crazy lately. From Lily James's Cinderella to Kristen Stewart's Snow White, your favorite childhood princesses and princes have stepped into the modern world, so to speak, and plenty more are on the way. Keep scrolling to see which of your Disney faves will be getting some live-action love over the next few years. Related:17 Disney Movies You Can Watch on NetflixThe Dark, Twisted Fairy Tales Behind 10 Classic Disney MoviesHow the New Beauty and the Beast Movie Is Changing the Story »
- Quinn Keaney
Simon Brew Jan 11, 2017
New pictures from Baby Driver have landed. Can a trailer be far away?
Release date shuffles have meant that we’re not going to see Edgar Wright’s first feature film since The World’s End, Baby Driver, until August 18th of this year. But the movie, one we’re eagerly awaiting, has been the beneficiary of some early publicity work.
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Sony has released a pair of new pictures from the film, that you can see nice and big by clicking on the gallery thingy at the top there. We do wonder if this means that a trailer for the film is getting closer. The movie is all but done, and Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson for one saw a cut of it back in August. It prompted him to Tweet the following…
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Author: David Sztypuljak
Here’s the first look at Baby Driver, the new movie from Sony Pictures which is due to hit our cinema screens in the summer. Baby Driver is an action movie which sees a young getaway driver actually named ‘Baby’ (Ansel Elgort – Shailene Woodley‘s geeky brother Caleb in the Divergent movies) fall in love with Downton Abbey / Cinderella’s Lily James and attempt to turn away from his life of crime.
It’s not too long however before crime boss (Kevin Spacey) forces him return to the life he’s so desperately trying to leave behind. The movie sounds like many we’ve seen before but with a cast this prominent, it’s hard not to get excited about it. And did we mention that Edgar Wright has written and directed? That makes it all very much more interesting right?! Very excited to see what the »
- David Sztypuljak
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