The first sneak peek at Disney's upcoming live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast is here. Giving audiences a glimpse at the highly anticipated film based on the animated classic which refashions the iconic characters and musical numbers from the tale as old as time, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. Beauty and the Beast opens in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
Made for a contemporary audience, this latest Disney fairy tale stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
The film stars Harry Poter alum Emma Watson as Belle. She is joined by a supporting cast that features Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, this live-action retelling is produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
Yesterday, Disney debuted a brief trailer preview for the highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast, with the first full trailer debuting today on ABC's Good Morning America. Beauty and the Beast will have plenty of competition when it hits theaters next spring. The movie will only be going up against Sony's action-comedy Baby Driver on its release date, but it's also sandwiched between a number of high-profile releases. Kong: Skull Island and The Boss Baby arrive a week earlier on March 10, 2017, and Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur and Power Rangers debut a week later on March 24. Check out the first trailer for Beauty and the Beast courtesy of Disney's Youtube channel. It promises to be another Disney live-action classic in the making. This movie is sure to be another box office home run for powerhouse Disney.