Watch Emma Watson as Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ table read video

Disney live-action film expected for release in March 2017

A new “sneak peek” clip released in anticipation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-action movie shows Emma Watson’s first table read as Belle.

Beauty and the Beast is expected to open in cinemas on March 17, 2017, following recent live-action adaptations like The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Maleficent. A teaser trailer was released in May.

This new clip sees Watson reading from the movie script alongside co-star Dan Stevens, who has signed on for the role of the Beast. Watch below.

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As well as Watson and Stevens, the film also stars Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson. Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will direct the film, the screenplay of which was written by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

Also in the clip, director Bill Condon speaks about working on the film, saying: “I was so excited to hear that Disney was thinking about doing a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.”

“When something is so perfect, why get near it? And the answer is technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie.”

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