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Emma Watson linked to Del Toro's Beauty & The Beast

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

EMMA Watson has been linked to a new version of Beauty & The Beast by acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.

E! Online is reporting that the Harry Potter star is being lined up to play the lead role after quoting the film’s producer, Denise Di Novi, as letting slip the casting news while promoting Crazy, Stupid, Love

As yet, there is nothing official from Watson’s representatives and Del Toro is currently preparing Pacific Rim, so no start date or fellow cast members have been mentioned.

Indeed, E! Online even states there is no production timeline or possible release date, so the project could be a long way off and may well undergo personnel changes as Watson’s schedule becomes busier post-studies and post-Potter.

If a deal is confirmed, however, the role is being touted as Watson’s first lead post Deathly Hallows 2.

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