The original animated Beauty and the Beast feature film depicted a Belle empowered by love, independence and the magical aura of her resplendent kindness. Her presence alone enriched every scene of the movie and her caring, marvelous persona became a blueprint for future Disney princesses to follow. She became one of #Disney's most beloved characters, acting as a role model for many children and fans of the movie.
One of those fans is Emma Watson, who in the latest Beauty and the Beast featurette revealed why Belle was such an important character for her to portray and the live-action version of the character she plays in the new film is a total badass.
(Check out the featurette in the video below.)
Belle Is The Modern Disney Princess We Need
The new featurette is filled with colorful scenes and powerful quotes from the cast and crew, agreeing that Watson was the perfect choice to play Belle for a modern audience; a character whose mind and spirit are focused on becoming the best person she can be.
Belle's thirst for knowledge and her imagination are some of the empowering characteristics described by the Beast himself, Dan Stevens, and as Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Plumette in the new film, states in the featurette:
Belle is a great role model because she stands for who and what she believes in.
The sentiment is echoed by fellow cast member Josh Gad who points out Watson's love for the character is majestically genuine:
Emma as Belle empowers a whole new generation of girls. This Belle not only embraces her essence of wonder, but takes it to a whole new level.
But it's director Bill Condon who says it best when he point out what it is that distinguishes Belle as the first modern Disney Princess:
[Belle is] someone who is more interested in figuring out who she is than in finding a guy and getting married.
And I couldn't agree more. Strength of character, independence, kindness, and determination are all qualities that make Belle the best kind of badass. She's the perfect 21st century princess and there's no one better to portray her than Emma Watson.
Don't miss Beauty and the Beast in theaters March 17.