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Fil-Am artist H.E.R. to play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ 30th anniversary special

Filipino-American singer H.E.R. said that she has always wanted to be a Disney princess.

Fil-Am artist H.E.R. to play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ 30th anniversary special-Toff C.
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07/22/2022 06:20 PM
Fil-Am artist H.E.R. to play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ 30th anniversary special
Photo credit to @hermusicofficial Instagram

Filipino-American singer H.E.R. will be playing the role of Belle in the upcoming hybrid live-action ABC special to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast.

"I can’t believe I get to be a part of the Beauty and the Beast legacy,” H.E.R. said in a report by Variety.

She added that she has always aspired to be a Disney princess.


"The world will see a Black and Filipino Belle! 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," she remarked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by H.E.R. (@hermusicofficial)

The ABC special will be directed by Jon M. Chu.

"Proud to be Producing this show with our team from my Electric Somewhere @doneanddustedtv @hamishhamiltontv @abcnetwork @disney and many more!! And of course to be introducing our one and only Belle @hermusicofficial  Talk about a dream," Jon posted on his Instagram page.

Jon was also praised for H.E.R. for her talent.

"With her obvious extraordinary talent and stage presence, H.E.R. is the perfect embodiment of our Belle and we are thrilled for audiences to see her in this celebration of creativity. We were both influenced as storytellers by the original animated movie, so it’s very exciting to collaborate together to honor the artistry of that timeless classic while also inspiring a whole new generation of creators," the director told Variety

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Variety, the live action special will feature never-before-seen musical performances. It will also showcase costumes inspired by the animated film. The stars of the show will be performing the songs from Beauty and the Beast in front of a live audience.

The show will broadcast on ABC on December 15 and will be streaming on Disney+ the next day.

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Born Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, H.E.R. is a Filipino-American R&B singer who released her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1 in 2016.

She has won Grammy awards including Song of the Year in 2021 for "I Can't Breathe" and Best R&B Album in 2019 for her compilation album H.E.R..