The versatile musician YOU was cast to play Belle in a Beauty and the Beast 30th Anniversary Special. The Disney special will feature brand new musical performances with never-before-seen sets and costumes.
The five-time Grammy winner said she was particularly excited to portray a black and Filipino princess in an official press release.
“I can’t believe I get to be a part of the legacy of Beauty and the Beast. The world is going to see a black and Filipino beauty!” gushed the 25-year-old R&B singer. “I’ve always wanted to be a Disney princess and I get to work with two wonderful directors Hamish Hamilton and my darling Jon M. Chu. It’s very surreal and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Executive Producer Jon M. Chu added, “With her evidently exceptional talent and stage presence, SHE is the perfect embodiment of our Belle, and we’re thrilled for audiences to see her in this celebration of creativity.”
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HER’s casting marks the first time an Afro-Filipino woman has played the role of Belle on screen. It won’t be her last appearance on the big screen, however, as she’s set to star in the 2023 Warner Bros. adaptation The colour purple.
That Beauty and the Beast The 30th Anniversary Special will air December 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and stream on Disney+ the following day.
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