Disney confirms that 'first photo' of Emma Watson as Belle is fanart

Fans of Emma Watson were thrilled earlier this week when a picture of the actress dressed in what appears to be her costume from the upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast hit the internet. Disney was quick to confirm that the image was not the first official photo from the film, but merely a photoshopped creation by a fan - meaning we'll have to wait a little longer before seeing the British actress dressed in the iconic gold dress.

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In a clip released by Disney, Emma said that playing the role is “a dream come true”.

When Emma Watson was finally able to share the news of her starring role in Beauty and the Beast, the thrilled actress said that her heart was "bursting".

Her high emotion was clearly reflected in the first on-set selfie that her co-star Josh Gad posted on Instagram.

The funny photo, which showed an excited-looking Emma pulling a face in the middle of the snap, included Josh and fellow co-stars Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Kevin Kline.

“Can’t wait for you to be our guest,” wrote Josh, who plays Gaston’s sidekick Le Fou in the new adaptation.

Josh’s caption was a reference to the Disney film’s well-known song, Be Our Guest. Emma confirmed in January that she would be playing Belle in the new film.

The English rose wrote on her Facebook page: “I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast!

“It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to Be Our Guest and sing Something There.”

She added: “My six-year-old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx.”

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