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Emma Watson to Star in Disney’s Live Action Beauty and the Beast

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Anthony Harvey&—Getty Images Emma Watson attends the UK premiere of "Noah" at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London.

"Time to start some singing lessons," the actress says about playing Belle

Harry Potter star Emma Watson’s latest role will be another bookish heroine.

“I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast!” the actress posted on her Facebook page. “My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons.”

The movie will be directed by Bill Condon, who directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

According to a Disney press release, the film will begin filming later this year.

Read next: 10 Things Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle and Harry Potter‘s Hermione Have in Common

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