People in Brief for February 2, 2015

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NEW YORK — Emma Watson will play Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast.”

The Walt Disney Co. announced the casting of the “Harry Potter” star last week, setting the prettier half of the romance at the center of the fairy tale. Who will play the Beast hasn’t yet been announced.

In a Facebook message, Watson said that she was a huge fan of the tale while growing up and that her “six-year-old self is on the ceiling.” She added: “Time to start some singing lessons!”

Watson had long been attached to the project, but it’s taken several years for the film to come together. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon is taking over from the previously attached director, Guillermo del Toro.

Disney says production will begin this year.

LOS ANGELES — Julianne Moore isn’t just the leading nominee for best actress at this year’s Oscars, she’s also helping design the backstage green room.

Architectural Digest announced recently that the “Still Alice” star will consult on the room’s look and help choose furniture and decor for the celebrity enclave.

The 54-year-old actress says she “knows what it’s like to be backstage on Oscar night” and is thrilled to help decorate the stars-only hangout. The garden of her New York home appeared in a 2012 issue of the magazine.

Moore will collaborate with Los Angeles-based design collective Commune, tapped to create Architectural Digest’s annual namesake green room at the Academy Awards.

The Oscars will be presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 22 and broadcast live on ABC.

Associated Press