The original Disney animation of Beauty and the Beast came into our lives over 25 years ago (um, WOAH) and it goes without saying that since 1991 there’s been a tonne of technological change. But apart from switching the 2D cartoons for realistic animations, the creators of the live-action remake are also keen to recognise the huge wins for feminism in that time.
To refresh your memory, in the Disney classic Belle is the daughter of an inventor, named Maurice, who spends most of her time reading and cleaning. Now, with Emma Watson on board, that’s all about to change.
"In the animated movie, it's her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle," Emma told Entertainment Weekly.
Confirming, Belle is gonna be the brains in your all-time fave Disney movie (‘cause it’s 2016 people) and we’re 100 percent on board with it.
Aaaaand for those of you who thought it wasn’t possible to love Emma Watson more, she goes and hints that this genius plan was all her idea. "I was like, 'Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn't fit in, other than she liked books," Emma explains.
"Also, what is she doing with her time? So we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. We made Belle an inventor."
So in addition to looking super similar, Emma and Belle will also have their smarts in common.
Now can March just hurry up already?!