Emma attended the World Economic Forum in Davos last week and we have added the HQ images in our gallery including a new portrait.
“Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson has closed a deal to star in Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast,” TheWrap has learned.
Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.
Watson is set to play Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” which is the latest Disney classic to receive a live-action adaptation following “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and Jon Favreau‘s upcoming take on “The Jungle Book.”
Watson had previously been attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Beauty,” which the director was developing for Warner Bros. before exiting the project in June, when Disney hired Condon. When WB’s version hit a snag, Disney began to court Watson for its own adaptation with del Toro’s blessing, as the studio agreed that Watson would be perfect as Belle, according to a source.
Emma confirmed the news and her excitement in a post at her official facebook account.
Forbes have just unveiled their 30 Under 30 list for 2015, and Emma Watson has appeared due to both her acting and her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Here’s what they had to say:
Emma Watson, 24
Actor-UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
Watson has come a long way since Hogwarts. She’s finding her niche as an actor, appearing in films like “The Bling Ring” and “Noah”. Last summer, Watson was named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Her speech before the UN on behalf of the HerForShe campaign went viral and established the 24 year old as an important advocate for gender equality. Somehow, she also found time to graduate from Brown University in May.
Merry Christmas everyone! On December 23, Emma’s official Facebook page released a new still from Colonia, and news that the film will be released in late 2015. You can now see the HQ still up in the gallery.
The Harry Potter star’s win is due in part to her work as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, the announcement of which crashed the U.N.’s website.
According the U.N.’s site, which is now up and running, Watson planned to “dedicate her efforts as U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for U.N. Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.” To that end, recent Ivy League graduate gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. (which you can watch below) and launched the “HeForShe” campaign, which aims to conscript men and boys around the world into the battle to end the inequality against women and girls.
“The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop,” she said in her address to the U.N. “For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”
The 24-year old actress, who proudly calls herself the F-word (that’s “feminist,” people) got Russell Crowe, Tom Hiddleston, Lena Dunham and more to tweet their support for the HeForShe campaign, helping to bring awareness to the important cause.
In addition to Watson, the Top 10 2014 feminists, based on the Ms. Foundation’s poll, are a who’s who of women either in the news or making the news: Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, news anchor Rachel Maddow, one-named legends Beyoncé and Cher, upcoming Golden Globes hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, Into the Woods actress Meryl Streep, The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling, and journalist Ann Curry.
We have added more additional HQ images of Emma during the 2014 British Fashion Awards. You can also watch her acceptance speech below or in our video archive. Emma received the British Style Award and it was presented to her by Harry Styles.
Emma attended the 2014 British Fashion Awards last night in London. Emma received the British Style Award. The first batch with HQ images have now been added to the gallery.
The full list of winners can be found on the official website. Other winners include Louis Vuitton, Anna Wintour, and Victoria Beckham.
British Style Award – Emma Watson
An individual who most embodies the spirit of British fashion and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital. The only award decided by the public.
Emma is currently attending the 2014 British Fashion Awardsat the London Coliseum and we have the first look for you. She looks stunning in a Misha Nonoo jumpsuit and a Dior coat.
The magazine scans of Elle UK (December 2014) and Total Film UK (January 2015) have been added in our gallery. Total Film featured a brand new still of Colonia.