You'll Never Guess Which Iconic Disney Role Emma Watson Turned Down

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Right now, we're eagerly anticipating Emma Watson's appearance as Belle in the upcoming live-action version Beauty and the Beast. But thanks to our friends over at People, we learned that the first classic Disney role she was offered was actually for the 2015 Cinderella film. She chose to decline the first time around, but she had an honestly admirable reason for accepting this one. "When they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did," she told Total Film“She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice."

On top of the already inspiring role, Watson has revealed a couple of her own modern updates on the fairytale. She chose not to wear a corset, reimagining a more active and unrestricted princess, and in the Total Film interview explained how she changed around the opening storyline to make Belle an inventor (originally Belle's father's role in the animated movie). The more we learn about her take on this character, the more excited we get. Not to mention, the fashion girl inside of us wants to see how this storyline translates for the costumes. Be sure to catch the film in theaters on March 17.

What do you think of Watson's decision? Share with us in the comments below, and then shop some pretty frocks for yourself.

Opening Image: Rex Features