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When news broke that Harry Potter alum Emma Watson was set to trade her wand for a book and play Belle in Disney’s upcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast, we thought, that makes sense. Really, what role *can’t* Watson play?
Still, the question of whether Watson was capable of filling all aspects of the role, including the singing component, did arise. Fans of the accomplished actor have never actually heard Watson sing. So, did she have the pipes to transform into Belle?
Disney has already released a number of trailers for the upcoming March 17 adaptation, with the first trailer dropping on November 14, 2016 and quickly surpassing Fifty Shades Darker and Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the most views in 24 hours with 127.6 million views. Still, we had yet to hear Watson sing. Until now.
A short snippet of “Something There,” which also appears in the original Disney version of Beauty and the Beast from 1991, has now popped up on Disney’s Facebook page. Watson performs a few lines, singing, “New and a bit alarming, who would have ever thought that this could be / True that he’s no prince charming, but there’s something in him that I simply didn’t see.”
Even though the snippet has a short running time of 30 seconds, it’s enough to hear that Watson has the musical talent to pull off our beloved Belle. We already knew she was bookish enough.
We’re still waiting to hear former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens sing in his role as the Beast, but he’ll have plenty of opportunity in the new adaptation. The upcoming version of Beauty and the Beast promises to include the Oscar-winning score from the original film, as well as a few new songs, including a new track sung by Stevens.
In addition to Watson and Stevens, Beauty and the Beast will also star Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame De Garderobe, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice and Stanley Tucci as a new character named Cadenza.
Beauty and the Beast will arrive in theatres on March 17.