I’m not saying this idea isn’t completely ridiculous, but wouldn’t it be interesting if, in the forthcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson’s Belle was actually the beast? I’m spitballing here, because in the teaser trailer, Emma Watson’s face is obscured:
The thing about Beauty and the Beast is that it is beloved, but also very problematic, because Belle is clearly suffering from Stockholm syndrome. In this cultural climate, you don’t remake a faithful recreation of Disney’s original animated Beauty and the Beast, or the studio will gets its ass rightfully kicked by social justice warriors.
But, what if you reverse it, and make Belle the Beast and Dan Stevens the Beauty? It’s not out of the question, is it?
No one would see that coming, and it would smooth out some of the problems with the original film and probably make MRAs shit their pants. This is the best possible outcome.
It also may mean removing Emma Watson’s nose or something, which would be unfortunate, but no more unfortunate than obscuring this man’s face with bushy hair.
Men can fall in love with beasts, too, right?