This spring, Disney is bringing Beauty and the Beast back to the big screen like never before in an all-new live action retelling of the classic fairy tale. While we did get a teaser trailer earlier in the year, it was a true tease in every sense of the word, and it showed us very little from the actual movie. Today, we have a couple of exciting new images. And they show off some of the characters that are being brought back to life.
It's not clear when Disney will drop another trailer for Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson as the iconic Belle and Dan Stevens as the titular monster at the heart of this heartwarming yarn. The original animated classic that was released in theaters way back in 1991 is getting a brand new 25th Anniversary Blu-ray edition on September 19. And it will include a never-before-seen sneak preview of the live-action movie.
As luck would have it, a few advanced copies of this Blu-ray have been making the rounds, and one Twitter user was kind enough to grab some screen shots. Boy, do they not disappoint. For the first time ever, we get a very good look at Gogsworth and Lumiere as they will appear in the movie. We also get a great look at Dan Stevens as the human beast before his transformation. A third image is a little harder to make out, but it does show us Josh Gad as Le Fou, and Luke Evans as Gaston, though he has his back to the camera.
Bill Condon is directing this faithful adaptation of the tale. Ian McKellen stars as Cogsworth and Ewan McGregor plays the role of Lumiere, though the actors themselves are nowhere to be seen. We're not sure when this full behind-the-scenes preview will make its way online, or if Disney even plans to debut it anywhere except as an exclusive on the new Blu-ray release.
Other cast members in the movie include Kevin Kline as Maurice (Belle's father), Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster and Stanley Tucci as a grand piano named Cadenza. Its possible that Disney will finally unveil all of these characters as they appear in the new movie quite soon. Stephen Chbosky wrote this new take on the fairy tale, with Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.
Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, who actually won two of those awards for this animated version of the movie, returns with three new songs. The movie is hitting theaters on March 17. While we await the arrival of the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray, you can get a quick sneak peek at some of the characters here.