Just announced, Emma Watson has been cast to play Belle in Disney's live action of "Beauty and the Beast."

24-year-old Emma Watson is of course best known for her role in the "Harry Potter" franchise. "Beauty and the Beast" will begin production later this year.

"Beauty and the Beast" will be the latest animated Disney tale to get the live action treatment. The 1991 animated feature won two Oscars including best original song for the film's titular piece."

The Hollywood Reporter reports Watson broke the news on her social media:

The Business Insider reports "Beauty and the Beast" will begin production later this year.