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So… About that ‘Official First Look’ of Emma Watson as Belle…

There’s a photo of Emma Watson dressed up as Belle for her latest role in the upcoming Beauty and The Beast live action movie out there and the internet is going absolutely bonkers over it.

But that’s not surprising – it’s Emma freaking Watson after all.

The photo in question shows Watson donning that iconic yellow ball gown made famous by the original 1991 animated film, all the while giving the camera her best smoulder.

This ‘official first look’ was reportedly released at Disney’s D3 (according to countless websites) during their extremely brief Beauty and the Beast presentation, where Watson herself did make a small appearance (via a prerecorded video).

You can feast your eyes on the photo for yourself thanks to this tweet from OK! Magazine:

But there’s just one teensy weensy problem: the photo is a total fake.

It turns out that the image was created by visual artist Prateek Mathur as fan concept art for the film. Mathur (who is surely getting some awesome free publicity right now) even posted a video online to show how he created it (see below).

Well I’m sure the editors over at Ok! Magazine and similar publications are feeling pretty embarrassed and silly right now! And let’s not forget about the thousands (if not millions) of Watson and Disney fans out there that were fooled.

The moral of the story is a tale as old as time: don’t trust the internet.

Well… unless it’s, you know… us. We have your back.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters in 2017.

What do you think Belle’s dress will really look like? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Ewan McGregor Joins Beauty and the Beast Cast

It’s official! Well, almost.

Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to star as Lumiere in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

The Scottish actor joins an already star-studded cast comprised of Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Luke Evans as Gaston.

Bill Condon is directing Disney’s latest live-action fairy tail, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.

Lumiere (right) in 1991’s  ‘Beauty and the Beast’

 

There is no word yet on how McGregor’s Lumiere will differ from the character in the 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast, which grossed more than $375 million worldwide.

Disney fans (as well as mostly anyone who was a child in the 90’s) will remember Lumiere as a charismatic servant who was transformed into a candelabra by a curse placed upon the Prince’s castle and all its inhabitants.

In the animated feature, Lumiere was most famous for singing “Be My Guest”.

There is no word yet as to whether or not McGregor’s part will involve singing, but Emma Watson did confirm that the film will have musical roots when she announced her involvement in the film on Facebook, sharing with fans her excitement to “…get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’

Either way it shouldn’t be an issue for McGregor, who famously busted out his vocal chops in Moulin Rouge.

Beauty and the Beast begins filming next month, and is currently scheduled for a March 2017 release.

What do you think about the casting choices? Let us know in the comments below!

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