Emma Watson Cast as Ariel in Live-Action “The Little Mermaid”

Emma Watson will certainly be living the princess lifestyle this year, after reports have linked her to different projects where she will portray classic Disney princesses Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as well as the title role in Cinderella (although Emma has since turned down that role). Completing the trio is Ariel from The Little Mermaid, originally released as an animated feature in 1989.

Emma was seen leaving an aquatics facility this past weekend in Los Angeles. We can only assume that this means she has started training for her role as Ariel. Yes, training. Since this is a live-action film, Emma must take on several aquatic disciplines including scuba diving, synchronized swimming, and diving. In addition to athletic training, Emma will also be singing the original songs from the animated version such as “Part of Your World.”

We look forward to seeing Emma Watson in all these royal roles – and hearing her sing!

Which princess are you most excited to see Emma as?