Watch Emma Watson Nail Beauty and the Beast's Classic Opening Song
Well bonjour there, Belle! Disney has offered yet another peek at Emma Watson in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast film, and spoiler: she nails it.
In this latest clip, Watson performs "Belle"—one of the most recognizable songs from the 1991 animated film. The 26-year-old Harry Potter alum shows off her sweet singing voice as she makes her way through her poor provincial town, grabbing rolls from the baker with his tray (like always) and feeding a friendly donkey on her way to return a book. Watson looks every bit the part of the beloved Disney princess as she strolls through town with her head in the clouds.
In a recent issue of Total Film, Watson revealed that she passed on the part of Cinderella before she even knew a remake of Beauty and the Beast was in the works, simply because Belle resonated with her more than her glass-slippered counterpart.
So what is it about the bookish Belle that speaks to Watson more than Cinderella does?
"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," Watson told Total Film. "There's this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She's not easily swayed by other people's perspectives—not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating."