BREAKING: Amazing news for Emma Watson!

Emma Watson has confirmed that she will be taking on the role of Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

We have to say, whatever casting director made that decision may just be a genius – we genuinely cannot think of a more perfect actress to take on the gutsy, book-loving role of Belle!

Emma made the announcement on her Facebook page, writing: “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 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. Emma xx”

The news comes only days after Emma was praised for an eloquent speech she gave as part of #HeforShe. It has been seven months since the actress was announced as an UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador and the work she has been doing is truly incredible. 

We think you’re going to be fabulous, congratulations Emma!

Now all that is left to know is…who will Beast be played by?! We have a few requests…