Disney fans, rejoice: Emma Watson will definitely be donning a version of Belle's much-loved sunshine-hued ballgown in the studio's forthcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation.
On a new Entertainment Weekly cover, shown below, Watson is seen dancing with Dan Stevens's horny Beast (it's a factual statement: the character literally has horns) in a recreation of a famous scene from the original 1991 animated movie.
Beauty and the Beast, due to be released on March 17 2017, is the latest in a string of live-action interpretations of Disney’s classic animated fairy tales. In 2015 we saw Lily Collins step into the role of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s sumptuous adaptation, while audiences earlier this year were treated to Jon Favreau’s live action Jungle Book, which featured the voices of Idris Elba, Jeremy Irons and Scarlett Johansson.
Directed by Bill Condon, the new Beauty and the Beast film will also star Luke Evans as villain Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts, and Ewan McGregor as servant turned talking candle Lumiere.
The film will also feature music from original Beauty and the Beast composer Alan Menken, who'll be re-recording some of the much-loved songs he created for the 1991 film, alongside some new material, which he'll co-write with lyricist Tim Rice.
"Beauty and the Beast" has been made into a movie several times, but the 1991 Disney animated film is beloved by millennials, who will no doubt go to the Emma Watson version in droves.
Apparently Watson herself was one of those kids who loved the Disney animated classic.
"I can’t even think how many times I watched it as a child," the former "Harry Potter" star told EW in its cover story on the new "Beast." "I knew all the words by heart. I knew all the songs by heart."
Check out the images on EW's site or when the issue hits newsstands November 4.