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H.E.R. set to play Belle in new ABC special celebrating 30-year anniversary of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

  • Grammy and Academy award-winning artist H.E.R. has been tapped to play Belle in ABC’s upcoming animated and live-action hybrid special, “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.”
  • H.E.R. is the first-ever Afro Filipino actor to play the role of Belle on screen.
  • The two-hour special honors the 30-year anniversary of the Disney classic being historically nominated for the 1992 Oscars Award for Best Picture, becoming the first-ever animated film to be considered for the award.
  • While performances will be taped in front of a live audience, the special will air later on Dec. 15 on ABC then on Disney Plus the following day.

It’s a tale as old as time, and singer/songwriter H.E.R. is going to be the one telling it. 

The Grammy and Academy award-winning artist has been tapped to play Belle in ABC’s upcoming animated and live-action hybrid special, “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.” Directed by Hamish Hamilton with Jon M. Chu as executive producer, the special honors the 30-year anniversary of the Disney classic being historically nominated for the 1992 Oscars Award for Best Picture, the first-ever animated film to be considered for the award.

Read the Heartfelt Letter that Got Coldplay to Let ‘Yellow’ Play in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

At a crucial part towards the ending of “Crazy Rich Asians,” a Mandarin cover of Coldplay’s 2000 hit single “Yellow” captured an emotional scene with Constance Wu’s character Rachel Chu.

It is interesting to note, however, that if it weren’t for Director Jon M. Chu’s persistence, Katherine Ho’s haunting rendition of the track would not have made the movie’s final cut.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is the #1 Movie in America, Director Jon M. Chu Shares an Emotional Tweet

Filmmaker Jon M. Chu took to Twitter to celebrate the impressive box office showing his film “Crazy Rich Asians” displayed in the first five days.  

The film, which cost $30 million to make, has made an estimated $34 million since opening on August 15th to take the top spot at the U.S. box office on its opening weekend. Shark thriller “The Meg,” which was on its second week, placed second by earning $21.2 million during the same weekend, BBC reports. 

Constance Wu Urged ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director to Remove Part About Never Dating Asian Men

Many Asians and Asian Americans have waited all year for August to roll around — the month that “Crazy Rich Asians” gets released in theaters (on August 15).

As many eagerly wait until they can witness history being made with the first all-Asian cast in a Hollywood film since 1993 with the “The Joy Luck Club,” a recent profile by The Hollywood Reporter on the film’s creation has revealed several interesting behind-the-scenes points, including one part of the dialogue that could have been disastrous for the film.