Jan 26, 2015 01:44 PM EST

Emma Watson to Play Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Emma Watson to Play Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Emma Watson has been cast to star in the lead role for Disney's upcoming live-actin version of "Beauty and the Beast". The "Harry Potter" alum will play Belle in the film, which will be directed by Bill Condon ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn").   

Disney made the announced today, and Watson also announced the news on her Facebook page.

"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."

There is no release date set as of yet.
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