Disney and ABC have announced that their next Live Action film remake will be the classic “Beauty and the Beast”.

Set for a December 15 debut with streaming beginning on Disney+ the following day, the production is set to mix elements from the animated film and live on stage performances.  The production will mark the 30th anniversary of the original film release.

Executive producer Jon M. Chu and director Hamish Hamilton have announced the first casting for the production…Grammy Award winning entertainer H.E.R. will play the role of “The Beauty” Belle.

H.E.R. has recently completed filming the movie version of the award winning Broadway hit “The Color Purple” where she takes on the role of Squeak.

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