Emma Watson Just a Little Freaked About Singing in 'Beauty and the Beast'

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Emma Watson, who has been cast as Belle in the live-action movie version of Beauty and the Beast, is thrilled about the part. However, there is one aspect of the gig that freaks her out just a bit.

"I sing, so that's really unexpected," Emma Watson told Total Film. "I've never had to do that for a film before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that."

Watson added, "It gives me a different challenge, really. That's terrifying in and of itself!"

Emma Watson will join Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame, who will play the Beast, and Luke Evans, who will play Gaston.

In a January Facebook post announcing the role, Emma Watson said the Disney film "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."

In preparation for the singing, the actress made it clear that she would be taking singing lessons before production begins.

Although Emma Watson is a household name, she has yet to take the leading role in a major Hollywood production. However, after co-starring roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, Noah and This Is the End, Watson feels she is up to the task.

"It feels like I was building a portfolio over the last five, six years. Now I feel like I'm ready to really be carrying films. I'm really just ready now to focus on my career full time and go full steam ahead," said Emma Watson. "It's exciting at the moment."

Pam Wright