Emma Watson is excited to play Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” which premieres next year, but admits she’s terrified at the idea of singing.
“I sing, so that’s really unexpected,” Watson told Total Film. “I’ve never had to do that for a film before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that. It gives me a different challenge. That’s terrifying in and of itself!”
Emma,. who plans to take singing lessons before production begins, will play Belle opposite Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, who plays The Beast.
Watson, 24, played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series from 2001 to 2011.
Emma has since has starred in a diverse range of acting roles in films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring. She’s thrilled to expand her horizons playing different kinds of characters.
“It feels like I was building a portfolio over the last five, six years,” said Watson. “Now I feel like I’m ready to really be carrying films. I’m really just ready now to focus on my career full time and go full steam ahead. It’s exciting at the moment.”
Watson recently made headlines after giving a Twitter shout-out to her “Harry Potter” co-star Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom.
Watson urged fans to watch Lewis’ new BBC dramedy “Bluestone 42,” Examiner reported. Lewis, who played the pudgy, dorky Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” franchise, has morphed into a stud after his weight loss and teeth makeover.
Matthew, who’s now 6-feet-tall, worried he would be fired after growing several inches and losing his baby fat between the second and third “Harry Potter” movies.
“I had to wear a fat suit and false teeth and stuff to stick my ears out, but it meant I got to keep my job so I can think of worse things,” said Lewis, 26.
In the final “Harry Potter” movie, Neville transforms from a clumsy, bumbling teen into a hero, reflecting the stunning physical transformation actor Matthew Lewis experienced in real life.