Emma Watson to star in new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ adaptation

Guillermo Del Toro to produce fairy tale

Harry Potter star, Emma Watson, is being lined up to star in a new version of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

The next in a long line of adaptations of the classic story, in which a merchant’s daughter falls in love with a rich but hideous beast, is thought to already be in pre-production.

Denise Di Novi, the producer of Crazy, Stupid, Love told Comingsoon.net that she is developing the adaptation with Guillermo Del Toro.

Del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, is currently working on the monster movie, Pacific Rim, after passing The Hobbit back to the original Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson.

Little is known about the project thus far, but it is believed that the picture will retain the original setting and period rather than update the tale, like in Beastly, the re-imagining released earlier this year.

Emma Watson‘s next film, and her first since the Potter franchise ends, will be the Marilyn Monroe biopic, My Week with Marilyn, which stars Michelle Williams as the iconic film star.

The final film in the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two is in cinemas now.