Emma Watson Might be Playing Beauty for Guillermo del Toro

Is “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson lining up a part in Guillermo del Toro’s re-imagining of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairytale? It certainly sounds like it, at least according to producer Denise Di Novi, who tells Comingsoon that she’s currently developing an adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” with the suddenly very prolific Guillermo del Toro, and that none other than Hermione aka Emma Watson is lined up to star. (As the beauty, we assume.)

Watson certainly isn’t light on the schedule post-“Potter”, with two films on the way, including “My Week With Marilyn” (with Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe) due out in 2011 and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, adapted by Stephen Chbosky from his own novel coming out sometime in 2012. Not exactly potential blockbusters, to be sure, but we presume she’s looking to do what most actors who have spent too much time in Hollywood studio films do — get some respect as an actor in movies without things blowing up.

And of course, I would imagine there’s still plenty of promotion to do for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”, which at last count has just earned more money than some African countries last weekend.

Then again, whether del Toro ends up actually doing this film is another matter. The guy attaches himself to a new movie every other week, it seems. It’s nice to be busy, sure, but you’re only one man, Guillermo!