Emma Watson attached to new “Beauty and the Beast” adaptation for Guillermo del Toro

July 18, 2011 | Posted By In Casting | 887 Views

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After a quick stop in the real world for teen drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, it seems “Harry Potter” series star Emma Watson is eager to step back into the dark and fantastical realm that she’s so familiar with. ComingSoon.net reports the actress is attached to star in a new adaptation of classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”, and at the steering wheel is visionary sci-fi director Guillermo del Toro.

Details are scarce as the project appears to be in its early stages, with “Crazy Stupid Love” producer Denise di Novi only recently telling CS that she’s in development on the project with del Toro. The director, of course, will be busy for the next several months as he gears up to shoot the highly ambitious sci-fi epic “Pacific Rim”, starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba and Charlie Day as soldiers who operate giant robots in a war against an alien attack.

As for Watson, her schedule is all clear with “Perks” having wrapped a couple of weeks ago and publicity commitments to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” done (and to great effect – the film just had the biggest box office opening weekend of all time). She’ll next be seen in what could be a star-making turn, as Eddie Redmayne’s love interest in “My Week with Marilyn”, opening this fall.


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