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55-year-old Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is currently in negotiations for a role in Disney's live-action remake of their 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, the Daily Mail reports.

The actress who appeared in Harry Potter, and who has written stories based on Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, will continue her potty pot obsession by fulfilling the role of the one and only...

Mrs. Potts!

Casting the housekeeper-turned-teapot who comes to Belle's aid is a pivotal choice, so I'm glad they've opted for a talented and highly accomplished actress such as herself. No doubt the charming British treasure enjoys a cup of tea more than most - I'd be hard pressed to think of a more suitable role for her!

Mrs. Potts' sweet maternal instinct and no-nonsense 'get-on-with-it' attitude makes Thompson the prime candidate in my mind, especially if she can emulate her harsh yet fair performance in Nanny McPhee!

A Double Dose of Emma

Thompson will join Watson, cast as protagonist Belle, on the project. Now all we need is Stone to round out the ultimate Emma trifecta!

No strangers to each other, the pair previously worked together on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise, in which Thomspon played eccentric Divination instructor, Professor Sybill Trelawney.

Re-Writing Disney History

Thompson has a storied history with the world-famous animation studio, having portrayed Mary Poppins author Pamela Lyndon Travers in 2013's Saving Mr. Banks. Now, she's set to re-write Disney's history yet again by bringing her own unique take to one of their most beloved Renaissance classics.

Twilight director Bill Condon is keen to preserve and honor the original film's unforgettable score, working closely with Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken.

It's not yet clear how many and which of the songs will make it in, though it seems a safe bet that 'Beauty And The Beast (Tale As Old As Time)', sung by the original Mrs. Potts Angela Lansbury, will feature.

Does Emma Thompson have the voice to pull it off, or will someone else stand in to sing? If you disagree with the casting choice entirely, tell us who should play Mrs. Potts instead!


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