Five-time Grammy Award winner H.E.R will play Belle in a new live-action Disney production of “Beauty and the Beast.” The casting announcement was made Wednesday in a joint statement from ABC.
“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 the statement, per People. “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.”