Grammy-award winner H.E.R. can now add Disney princess to her resume. The Filipino-American singer/songwriter has been cast as Belle in ABC's upcoming ‘Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration’ special celebrating the iconic film’s 30th anniversary! Airing on December 15th, the hybrid program will feature live-action musical performances mixed with scenes from the animated film.
“I can’t believe I get to be a part of the Beauty and the Beast legacy. The world will see a Black and Filipino Belle!” said H.E.R. in an official press release. “I have always wanted to be a Disney princess, and I get to work with two wonderful directors Hamish Hamilton and my favorite, Jon M. Chu. It is very surreal and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
“With her obvious extraordinary talent and stage presence, H.E.R. is the perfect embodiment of our Belle and we are thrilled for audiences to see her in this celebration of creativity,” added Chu. “We were both influenced as storytellers by the original animated movie, so it's very exciting to collaborate together to honor the artistry of that timeless classic while also inspiring a whole new generation of creators.”
Stay tuned for more news on H.E.R. and the upcoming special!
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