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Emma Watson has an idea for a Beauty And The Beast sequel

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It was a runaway box office success that held film-goers thrall the world over, and easily smashed the $700million (£540million) mark in its first 12 days of release.

So little wonder that rumours have already started churning over a possible Beauty And The Beast sequel.

And, rather brilliantly, the film’s lead Emma Watson has already mooted an idea or two for where she sees her character Belle going.

“I always thought that Belle would become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle and open it up to the village. This was where I was going,” the 27-year-old star told Access Hollywood this weekend.

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But Watson’s welcome ponderings are slightly at odds with the stance taken by president of Walt Disney Pictures, Sean Bailey.

He told Deadline recently that the studio has no plans at the moment for a sequel to the fantastically well-received live action musical.

But while producers won’t force a follow-up – perhaps because of the lacklustre reaction to the film that followed Tim Burton’s Alice Through The Looking Glass - they are exploring spin-off and prequel scenarios.

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Emma Watson would like to see Belle "run the library in the castle"

Watson famously brought a feminist slant to her translation of the role of Belle, and Bailey says it was exactly this quality that drew producers to her.

“We knew we wanted Belle to be a more empowered character, an ambitious, innovator version of the ’91 film,” he said.

“Emma embodied those things in her own life and it showed in her performance. Alan [Horn, Disney executive] had the very long relationship with her from the Harry Potter films, and very early on he spoke about her traits, her activism, her work with the UN.”

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Watson revealed recently that she pushed back on small details of the production of Beauty And The Beast, in order to portray Belle as an authentic, well-rounded character.

“It’s subtle things,” she said. “I insisted that she had some kind of trousers on underneath her skirt so that she could get on and off a horse in a way that wasn’t ridiculous.”

 “I insisted that my body shape be the body shape,” she added. 

“You come under quite serious pressure when you’re doing Hollywood films to wear a heavy amount of boob support and whatever else! Various different things like that. I thought the more human I could make her was the best way to serve her.”

She was also adamant about the need to keep her freckles, explaining, “usually they block them all out”.

Images: Rex Features


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