Beauty and the Beast gives Emma Watson's Belle a brand new backstory

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In Disney’s animated version of Beauty and the Beast, the movie’s heroine, Belle, is a big fan of reading while her father, Maurice, is an inventor. Indeed, it is while traveling to sell his latest brainwave, a wood-chopping machine, that Maurice winds up imprisoned at the Beast’s enchanted castle. However, in a new, exclusive image from Disney’s forthcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast (out March 17) Emma Watson’s Belle and Kevin Kline’s Maurice are shown by a work table covered in music boxes. What gives? Well, it turns out that in the forthcoming Bill Condon-directed movie it is Belle who is the inventor while Maurice constructs the aforementioned music-makers. “In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,”...

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