14 items from 2015
Hermione Granger and Emma Watson go hand in hand, and they'll be associated together for generations to come, but now the former Harry Potter starlet is set to embody another iconic character. The Wrap has revealed Watson has been cast in a new, live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast for Disney. Naturally, she'll be playing the beauty side of the title. And apparently it's always been a dream role of Watson, as she took to Facebook to share her excitement with fans: Bill Condon of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn fame will be directing the new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The most recent pass on the script was written by Stephen Chobsky, who wrote and directed The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson. This is actually...
- Peter Hall
"Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson is officially set to play Belle in Bill Condon's upcoming live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" for Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. Filming begins later this year.
Watson had been attached to Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of the story at Warner Bros. Pictures until that project stalled last year. Del Toro apparently gave Watson his blessing for her to jump to the Disney version, which boasts a script by Stephen Chbosky ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower").
Watson revealed the news herself in a Facebook posting which you can see below:
Post by Emma Watson. »
- Garth Franklin
It’s a casting decision as old as time. Emma Watson signed on to play Belle in a live-action “Beauty and the Beast” movie back in 2011. That project was set up at Warner Bros. with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. Now she’s officially signed on to play Belle in a different live-action “Beauty and the Beast” movie, according to The Wrap. This one is from Disney, part of their plan to remake every one of their animated features with actors in the flesh (and sometimes enhanced by CGI) and being helmed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — parts 1 and 2, which concludes a kind of update on the “Beauty and the Beast” narrative). Reportedly the production got del Toro’s blessing to snag his leading lady since the Warner Bros. movie is all but dead now. Watson will now get to reunite, to an extent, with The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer-director Stephen Chbosky »
- Christopher Campbell
In what seems like a strange move for the former Hogwarts student, Emma Watson will join Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast as Belle. Does the story have some sort of sentimental meaning? Is it because writer Stephen Chbosky, who directed Roberts in his The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will pen the script? Perhaps. She wrote on her Facebook today: "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There.' My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons." Good luck. »
- Lindsey Weber
Way back in 2011, Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson was attached to a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast from director Guillermo del Toro. However, in the years since, the film has never really gained any traction in development, mostly because del Toro is just too busy. At one time Watson was also supposed to head to Disney to lead their live-action Cinderella adaptation, but she never closed a deal. Well, now she's headed to the House of Mouse for real this time as Disney has just announced that she has now signed on to lead their new live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast being directed by Bill Condon. Disney just announced the news in a press release saying production is slated to begin sometime later this year. It's a little fortuitous that Watson is boarding the project considering the writer of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, »
- Ethan Anderton
It seems that Disney has found its Belle for director Bill Condon’s (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) upcoming live-action musical Beauty and the Beast, with Harry Potter star Emma Watson signing on to the role.
“I’m finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast,” states Watson on Facebook It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six-year-old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Beauty and the Beast has been written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The film is the latest in a string of Disney animations receiving the live-action treatment, and follows Maleficent, »
- Gary Collinson
Emma Watson will star in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast.
Watson was previously attached to a different Beauty and the Beast adaptation from Guillermo del Toro and Warner Bros, but Del Toro departed the project this summer.
"My six year old self is on the ceiling - heart bursting," Watson wrote. "Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it."
Post by Emma Watson.
Beauty and the Beast is tentatively set for a 2016 release. »
After years of involvement with the project, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been officially cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a script by Stephen Chbosky, who previously directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Watson was previously attached to a Warner Bros. adaptation of the classic fairy tale back when Guillermo del Toro was set to direct, but she fell off at the same time that helmer departed. Since then, that studio’s take has hit some significant stumbling blocks, but as Disney locked in Condon and began to search for actresses for its own take on the story, Watson’s name came up again. One source states that Disney believes Watson will be “perfect” for the part and was thrilled to court her.
Following TheWrap’s scoop on the story, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.
Also Read: Emma Watson Speaks Out for Feminism and Against Man-Hating at Un (Video)
- Jeff Sneider
At one point, it was going to be Guillermo del Toro directing a live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast over at Warner Bros. with Emma Watson set to star as Belle. Well, at the same time Disney was developing a of their own and now that del Toro is no longer involved at WB, Disney is the only one left in the game and they've got Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Dreamgirls) directing and Watson now confirmed for the lead role in their feature. It's an interesting turn of events considering Watson had been loosely attached to the WB version since 2011, but it seems she's the right actor for the part no matter where it's being made or who is directing as production on Disney's feature is expected to begin later this year. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay with a career that so »
- Brad Brevet
Dakota Johnson may not be a household name just yet, but folks salivating in anticipation over “Fifty Shades of Grey" which opens next month (just around the time of Valentine’s Day too, yuck), will surely get to know her all too well. Johnson’s put in her Hollywood dues for a few years now, popping up in films like “The Social Network” and “21 Jump Street,” and although she’s never been graced with a particularly memorable role, she’s an agreeable, natural presence in almost everything she’s in. Johnson is in the new short film “In a Relationship,” in which she plays romantic paramour to a charming young suitor played by fellow Hollywood up-and-comer Nicholas Braun (“Red State,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”). Directed by Sam Boyd, the short looks into the lifespan of a hip, young, beautiful couple: with its measured, dry depictions of cuddle sessions, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.” Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.” Oscar nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” respectively.
All of those performances were once the talk of Sundance, where stars threaten to break-out each year. The 2015 edition of the frosty festival is no different, with no shortage of young stars poised to launch their careers in Park City and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. »
- Jeff Sneider
TheWrap was inside the Artios Awards nominee party to mingle with contenders at Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood lounge
Hollywood’s most acclaimed casting directors came together at the 2015 Artios Nominee Party on Tuesday at Sur in West Hollywood, in a joint production between the Casting Society of America and Breakdown Services.
As casting directors still strive for recognition — it may just be the last branch not to have its own category at the Academy Awards — the tight-knit community gathered to celebrate each other’s achievements over the past year ahead of the official Artios Awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. »
- Travis Reilly and Linda Ge
When Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways in a very public split related to script changes for Ant-Man, the beloved British helmer soon announced that he’d be taking on a much smaller-scale project for his next gig: crime-thriller Baby Driver, which Wright wrote for Working Title Films. Now, that film has taken a major leap forward with word that The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort is in discussions to star.
Elgort, who came out of absolutely nowhere to co-star in the Carrie remake then quickly snag major roles in the Divergent franchise, teen sensation The Fault in Our Stars and Jason Reitman’s (meritless) Men, Women & Children, will play a getaway driver who relies on his own soundtrack to make him the best driver in the game. When he ends up in over his head working for a crime boss, he finds that the doomed heist he »
- Isaac Feldberg
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