Kayleigh Roberts
February 13, 2015 2:03 pm

The fact that Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the live action version of Beauty and the Beast is proof that sometimes everything really does work out exactly the way you want it to. You could almost hear a worldwide squee! of joy as book-loving girls everywhere rejoiced that Hermione Granger was going to also play their other alter ego.

Disney’s live action reboot of Beauty and the Beast won’t hit theaters until 2016 (at the earliest), but the Internet was not just going to wait around for months for a first look of Emma as the iconic leading lady. Reddit user xChasingPavementsx took matters into their own hands and drew Emma in Belle’s iconic yellow ballgown, complete with too-perfect-to-be-real curls and all. Check it out:

Dreams really do come true, guys. 

The artist, whose real name is Maryam Shah Mohammad, talked to The Huffington Post about the piece. “For the drawing, I wanted to give fans of the original Disney classic an idea an how she could possibly look in the new live-action movie. I knew that some people were apprehensive about the casting choice and I’d hoped that illustrating her in the iconic yellow dress would sway their opinion.”

We were already super on board with the casting news, and this drawing just makes us exponentially more excited.

(Images via here and here.)

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