It is the beloved Disney fairytale Beauty and the Beast movie 25th anniversary and its original cast share praises for the upcoming remake of the classic. But with Emma Watson’s (playing Belle) recent nude photos scandal, will the live-action remake still push through?
Last Saturday, Disney celebrated one of its most iconic movies, Beauty and the Beast, in the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The original cast including Richard White, Paige O’ Hara and Robbie Benson, were present during the special screening and Q&A.
White, O’Hara and Benson were all in agreement when asked about Emma Watson being casted as Belle in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast movie.
“I think that if I were producing that movie, Emma Watson would’ve been my first choice for Belle,” O’Hara says, adding, “I was just really happy they went with Emma. She’s got the intelligence, she’s got the humor. I think she’s going to be really, really special.”
Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who has composed music for various Disney classics such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and the original Beauty and the Beast also shared the same reaction as O’ Hara. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Menken shared how Emma Watson is a perfect fit for the role.
“I can’t picture anyone else [in the role], honestly. She’s Belle for me now entirely,” Menken noted.
The remake is set to premiere next year, March 17, 2017. But with Emma’s recent nude photo leaks, the question is will the Beauty and the Beast 2016 movie still continue and will Emma still play the innocent young lady, Belle?
Emma Watson Nude Photos
Just recently, the young actress has been subject to another celebrity photo scandal where site Celebrity Jihad posted semi-nude photos of her wearing no bra and a sheer, see-through shirt.
Emma and her legal team quickly sent a letter to the website insisting they take down the photo, claiming rights to the photo. According to TMZ, the photos were taken by Emma’s stylist who gave Emma all rights to the photos. Celebrity Jihad immediately removed the photos.
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Though this has not imposed grave threat to the actress for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie, Emma needs to be more careful moving forward because her role as Belle is one filled with expectations from Beauty and the Beast movie fans all over the world.