Watch Emma Watson in trailer for Beauty and the Beast

The first trailer for Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, has been released. Watch it below.

Watson, who portrays the book-loving character, appears just briefly in trailer, but it’s enough to whet the appetite of her fans.

“Look a girl,” says Lumière, who is voiced by Ewan McGregor. “What if she is the one?”

The trailer ends with the film’s release date and the words, “Be Our Guest,” a reference to the film’s famed song.

The remake of Beauty and the Beast follows recent live-action adaptations like The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Maleficent, and opens in cinemas next March.

Watson first announced her casting in January 2015, writing on her official Facebook page that the animated film was “such a big part of her growing up”.

“My six-year-old self is on the ceiling, heart bursting,” she added. “Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

Alongside Harry Potter franchise star Watson, the film will also star Ian McKellen, McGregor and Emma Thompson.

Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will direct the film, the screenplay of which was written by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

The original animated film, based on the 1740 French fairy-tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, was released in 1991.