Despite a Beauty and the Beast sequel pretty much being ruled out, Emma Watson has an idea what Belle might be up to in the future and it seems like a good one to us.
Belle herself reckons the Disney princess – who's not actually a princess – will be still hanging around the greatest library in the whole world and teaching.
"I always thought that Belle would become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle and open it up to the village. This was where I was going," Emma told Access Hollywood.
That sounds like a fitting future for the character, but it doesn't seem like Emma's idea will make the big screen. Disney bosses are thought to be wary about doing a sequel, due to the mixed reception for Alice Through the Looking Glass.
However, Disney hasn't ruled out "possible spin-off and prequel scenarios" according to its president of production Sean Bailey – so we better get Emma onto ideas for those.
There's already been a seed planted for a possible prequel when director Bill Condon added a little nugget of information about Belle's family backstory to his live-action version of Disney's 1990s animated classic. Spoilers follow after the photo...
The moment in question happens when the Beast shows Belle a book that can take her anywhere in the world, and she sadly picks "the Paris of my childhood".
In the heartbreaking scene the pair stumble upon a plague doctor's mask, which leads to a flashback where Belle's mother urges her husband to leave their plague-ridden home – a plague which proves fatal for Belle's mother.
So could that be where the prequel might go?
It's pretty much a given that it will be a success no matter what direction Disney decides to go with it, as Beauty and the Beast has already surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office and shows no signs of stopping...
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