Jill Layton
May 14, 2016 7:15 am
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As the star of the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, Emma Watson has some big shoes to fill. She’s stepping in as Belle — one of the most iconic and beloved Disney characters of all time. No pressure.

Since Watson has proven to be fantastic at everything she does, we’re certain she’s going to kill it. And we’re not alone.

Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle in the 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast, couldn’t be happier with the casting choice.

“I think she’s absolutely perfect for the role,” O’Hara told BuzzFeed at the 25th anniversary screening of the classic film. “She’s got the outward beauty, but she’s also got an inward beauty about her, and an old soul. Through mutual people we’ve sent messages, and I just basically was wishing her all the best and to have a wonderful time.”

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Belle supporting Belle is almost too sweet to handle. O’Hara is most excited to see how Watson portrays Belle as she falls in love with the Beast (and so are we!!).

“In [the original] movie it was in the snow scene of ‘Something There’ that we made a specific choice that it hits Belle: She’s really falling in love with [the Beast],” she said.“I want to see Emma’s moment when she realizes she’s fallen in love. That will be so exciting.”

O’Hara also said that she thinks Belle would totally fight for women’s rights.

“She was so strong, so independent, and in this day and age she would be for women’s rights — she wasn’t looking for a prince, she fell in love with a man.”

Beauty and the Beast is set to be released in 2017 and will also feature Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiére and Josh Gad as Le Fou — just to name a few. Seriously, the cast list is long and impressive.

And some of them are already having the best time ever together:

This is how we feel about all of it:

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