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Emma Watson to star in Guillermo del Toro's 'Beauty and the Beast'

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Beauty and the Beast is just the latest project featuring del Toro in some sort of “creative consultant” or producer role – it joins two vastly different titles due to hit theaters later this year (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Puss in Boots), as well as in-development projects like Rise of the Guardians and the Jim Henson Company’s retelling of Pinocchio. Additionally del Toro will actually hop in the director’s seat again for the upcoming Pacific Rim.

While the original Beauty and the Beast story doesn’t lend itself to quite as morbid or twisted a fairy tale “re-telling” as Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio novel – especially in regards to each of these titles’ respective famous Disney animated counterpart – it’s still significantly less cheerful than your average children’s story. In the hands of del Toro, of course, it should be even darker (not to mention, potentially cool).

Nowadays, the description “fairy tale re-imagining that stars (either, a popular or rising) young actress” is starting to become a bit tired. Earlier this year saw the arrival of Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood; next year we’re getting two Snow White movies with Lilly Collins and Kirsten Stewart; and now Watson’s set for Beauty & the Beast. That’s not to mention Shana Feste’s Little Mermaid-inspired project (titled… Mermaid), which will likely aim to snag an up-and-coming starlet as the titular character as well.

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