Wednesday, February 10, 2016

13 actresses who have played Belle in Beauty and the Beast and 1 more who will

Emma Watson from the “Harry Potter” film series has been cast to play Belle in a live-action Walt Disney movie based on the fairytale “Beauty and the Beast.”
The film, directed by Bill Condon, is set to open in theaters on March 17, 2017.
Watson will join a squad of women who have portrayed “the beauty” in the tale, often named Belle.
Here’s a summary of women who have portrayed Belle to date on film.

Josette Day

Josette Day portrayed Belle in the French classic “La Belle et la Bete,” or “Beauty and the Beast.” Written and directed by Jean Cocteau, the movie was released in 1946.

Joyce Taylor

Joyce Taylor played Althea, the female lead, in the 1962 film “Beauty and the Beast.” The movie was distributed by United Artists.

Trish Van Devere

Trish Van Devere played Belle in the 1976 TV movie “Beauty and the Beast.” The Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions movie starred her husband George C. Scott.

Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay played Beauty in the 1987 movie “Beauty and the Beast.” John Savage played the Beast/Prince.

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton played Catherine, the female lead, in the CBS TV series “Beauty and the Beast.” Ron Perlman played Vincent, aka the Beast. The show ran for 56 episodes and three seasons 1987-1990.

Jane March

Jane March played Freya, the female lead, in the 2005 movie “Beauty and the Beast.” The film was later retitled “Blood of Beasts.”

Estella Warren

Estella Warren played Belle in the 2009 movie “Beauty and the Beast.” It aired on the Syfy channel in 2010 as “Beauty and the Beasts: A Dark Tale.”

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens played Lindy, the female lead, in the 2011 movie “Beastly,” based on a novel of the same name by Alex Flinn. “Beastly,” in turn, is based on the fairytale “Beauty and the Beast.”

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin plays Belle in the fairytale-inspired TV drama “Once Upon a Time.” The ABC series premiered in 2011 and is currently in its fifth season.

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk plays Catherine, the female lead, in the CW TV series “Beauty & the Beast,” which is loosely based on the CBS series. The new series premiered in 2012. It is scheduled to end its run after its upcoming fourth season.

Cornelia Gröschel

Cornelia Groschel played Elsa, the female lead, in the 2012 German TV movie “Die Schone und das Biest,” or “Beauty and the Beast.”

Léa Seydoux

Lea Seydoux played Belle in the 2014 French movie “La Belle et la Bete,” or “Beauty and the Beast.” Directed by Christophe Gans, the movie starred Vincent Cassel as the Beast.

Dani Daniels

Dani Daniels portrayed Belle in the 2016 porn movie “Beauty and the Beast: An Erotic Fairy Tale Parody.”

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