Beauty and the Beast was made into a Disney On Broadway musical, and later turned into a live-action major motion picture starring Emma Watson and Josh Gad. But, we recently learned that Disney wasn’t quite done with this story, as a live Beauty and the Beast special is coming to ABC later this year — and now we know who will be playing Belle!
Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration will be live on ABC on December 15th, 2022 — but you can stream it on Disney+ the following day, December 16th! Disney has been quiet about the cast of this production until now.
According to Deadline, Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R. is playing Belle in the live production. The actress shared, “I can’t believe I get to be a part of the Beauty and the Beast legacy. The world will see a Black and Filipino Belle!”
This casting will be the first time an Afro-Filipina woman will play the role of Belle on screen. One of the directors of the show, John M. Chu, expressed his excitement in a statement and said, “With her obvious extraordinary talent and stage presence, H.E.R. is the perfect embodiment of our Belle and we are thrilled for audiences to see her in this celebration of creativity.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of when Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. We think this is an excellent way to celebrate, and we can’t wait to check it out!
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