According to the The Daily Mail, Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, Nanny McPhee) is in talks to join the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast for Walt Disney Studios. If everything works out, Thompson will play the role of the housekeeper-turned-teapot Mrs. Potts.
Emma Watson (Harry Potter) has already been announced in the title role as Belle, and the film will be live-action remake of the hit 1991 animated film which was nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards.
Going by the report, some of Alan Menken’s classic songs from the film will be transferred into the new picture.
Beauty and the Beast is slated to start shooting later this year.