Emma Watson might not be the only Hogwarts alum to star in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film. Fellow “Harry Potter” cast member Emma Thompson will also join the cast, the Daily Mail reports.
Thompson played Professor Trelawney in the “Potter” films. Her character taught Divination, the only class muggle-born witch Hermione Granger (Watson) didn’t excel in. Thompson will be a bit more helpful to Watson this time around. She is reportedly in negotiations to play the teapot called Mrs. Potts while Watson is confirmed to play the lead, Belle.
“Beauty and the Beast” won’t be Thompson’s first time in a Disney movie. She previously starred in “Saving Mr. Banks” as “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers, and voiced Captain Amelia in the animated Disney film “Treasure Planet.”
Of course, Thompson isn’t the only rumored cast member. Ryan Gosling has been offered to play the part of the Beast in the live-action fairy tale, Screen Rant reports. However, it isn’t clear if "The Notebook" heartthrob will take the part. He has turned down large films like “Spider-Man” and “Ghostbusters” in the past to do small budget, independent movies, Screen Rant noted.
While the official cast for "Beauty and the Beast" remains up in the air, it is known that any cast members who agree to do the Disney film will have to be able to sing. The Daily Mail reports that composer Alan Menken -- who wrote the music for Disney's 1991 animated version of the film -- is helping director Bill Condon pick out which songs from the original film will make it into the new version.