Emma Watson Turned Down 'Cinderella' Before Becoming Role Model Belle

Jan 19, 2017, 00:20

The actress eagerly accepted the role of Belle in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, but reveals that she turned down the chance to play Cinderella.

"I didn't know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella", Watson said.

" Belle has this kind of aura of underdog, and this will to fight what is expected of her".

The 26-year-old United Nations ambassador for women continued, "In a odd way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring". This means that she will not be swayed by people who choose to scapegoat others, nor any type of fear-mongering.

Cinderella was played by Downton Abbey star Lily James but the film was criticised over Lily's unrealistically tiny waist in her corseted costume, with reports that the actress had to stick to a liquid-only diet to fit into her outfits.

After seeing Emma Watson for years in the role of Hermione, it seems much more fitting for her to assume the role of Belle over Cinderella. While Belle's personality will remain true to the character, a few changes were made to modernize her.

Considering the current political climate, a role model like Belle sounds like just the person we need to look up to... even if she is fictional.

Beauty and the Beast also stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar victor Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's eccentric, but lovable father; and Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp.

The Harry Potter star has worked with director Bill Condon and her version of Belle is an inventor like her father, and doesn't wear corsets.

What do you think of Emma Watson's reasons for choosing to play Belle over Cinderella?

More than two months before discovering the big screen live-action Beauty and the Beast 4 new photos and coverage have been unveiled.

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