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Now, while the vast majority of actors — and, heck, stars — would kill to be asked to play just one princess, it seems increasingly obvious that the usual rules of thumb don't apply to . Not content with being widely beloved, intellectually respected and immensely successful, Watson seems to have pulled off one the most impressive power plays possible in the movie industry: She turned down an offer to play a Disney princess, and then found herself being offered the chance to play an entirely different one, in the upcoming .

Yup, that's right:

Emma Watson Almost Played An Entirely Different Disney Princess

'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]

Specifically, it seems that Watson was originally offered the title role in Disney's recent live action re-imagining of , a part that ultimately went to . Now, thankfully for Disney, James ultimately wound up knocking the role out of the park, but it's entirely possible to imagine a strong sense of disappointment when the one-time turned down a role in the at the time relatively unheralded project.

That, though, clearly didn't stop the House of Mouse from offering Watson another chance to play an iconic animated princess. Though from the sounds of her recent interview with Total Film, her decision to turn down Cinderella had nothing to do with the prospect of playing in Beauty and the Beast.

As she put it:

"I didn't know they were going to make 'Beauty and the Beast' at the time I turned down 'Cinderella'... But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did."

Which, considering the sheer weight of audience enthusiasm that seems to be building up behind Beauty and the Beast, might well prove to be Watson's most astute decision since bringing her A-game to her Harry Potter audition all those years ago.

What do you think, though? Would you have preferred to see Watson play Cinderella? Let us know below!

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(Sources: Total Film)


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