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Emma Watson Was Almost Cast as Cinderella Instead of Belle

Key Points:

  • Emma Watson almost played Cinderella in Disney’s live-action remake before opting for the role of Belle.
  • Watson resonated more with Belle’s independent and compassionate character than Cinderella.
  • She admired Belle’s ability to challenge societal norms while staying true to herself.

Before stepping into the iconic yellow gown of Belle in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” Emma Watson was nearly cast as another beloved Disney princess – Cinderella.

Why Emma Watson Initially Turned Down the Role of Cinderella

Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson
Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson

In an interview with Total Film, Watson revealed that she was initially approached to play Cinderella for Disney’s live-action remake of the classic fairy tale. However, when the studio pivoted from director Mark Romanek’s darker vision to Kenneth Branagh’s more traditional and whimsical approach, Watson decided to pass on the project.

When the opportunity to portray Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” came knocking, Watson found herself drawn to the character’s independent spirit and open-mindedness. She felt a stronger connection with Belle’s qualities, which resonated with her more than Cinderella’s character.

“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 explained.

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Admiring Belle’s Defiance of Societal Norms

Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson
Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson

One of the primary reasons Watson gravitated towards Belle was the character’s ability to challenge the status quo and defy societal expectations. She found Belle’s “empowering defiance” and independent spirit truly inspiring.

“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,” Watson said, adding that Belle “keeps her integrity and has a completely independent point of view.”

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Watson admired Belle’s unwavering stance against “fear-mongering or scapegoating,” showcasing her strength of character and resilience in the face of adversity.

Source: MTV News

Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle, was released in theaters on March 17, 2017.

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