If the reactions to the first two Beauty and the Beast trailers is any indication, this live-action adaptation could be one of the biggest movies of the year. The first teaser trailer broke Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record for teaser trailer views, with 91.8 million views in the first 24 hours. The full trailer that debuted in November amassed a record-breaking 127.6 million views in the first day, shattering the previous record-holders Fifty Shades Darker (114 million views) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (112 million views). While it remains unclear when the next batch of footage will arrive, a new image gives us our first ever look at the Beasts' servants, in human form.
Twitter user "BeautyBeastMovieNews" posted a photo of an elaborate theater standee display for the movie, featuring a closer look at both Emma Watson's Belle and Dan Stevens' Beast, but also Luke Evans' Gaston, Josh Gad's LeFou and Kevin Kline's Maurice, Belle's father. We also get a glimpse at animated versions of the talking clock Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), the candelbra Lumierre (Ewan McGregor), the kettle Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and the cup and saucer Chip (Nathan Mack). Surprisingly, the right side of this standee offers our first look at several of these characters, and more, in their human forms.
This standee features Emma Thompson's Mr.s Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellan as Cogsworth, Audra McDonald as the enchanted closet Garderobe, Stanley Tucci as the piano Cadenza and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the feather duster Plumette, who is also Lumiere's girlfriend. It hasn't been confirmed how much we'll see of these characters in their human form, or if we'll get to see them in action as humans in the next trailer that will likely debut at some point early next year. While there are millions of fans that are incredibly excited for this live-action remake, one member of the original animated movie's voice cast isn't so thrilled.
91-year-old Angela Lansbury was recently interviewed about the 25th anniversary of the Disney animated classic, which was the first animated movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture, and she didn't think the live-action version was a great idea. The actress, who played Mrs. Potts in the original, said she was quite "taken aback" by the news of this remake, even though she is very good friends with Emma Thompson, who is taking over her Mrs. Potts role. She added that she doesn't "blame" Disney for making a live-action remake, but she doesn't think it will be in the same "territory" as the animated classic.
Academy Award winner Bill Condon is directing the movie with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken returning to score this new live action version. He won two Oscars for the 1991 animated movie. Beauty and the Beast will also feature new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, in addition to several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. Disney's Beauty and the Beast is set for release on March 17, 2017, going up against High Top Releasing's The Belko Experiment, from writer James Gunn and director Greg McLean, and A24's Free Fire, from director Ben Wheatley, starring Oscar winner Brie Larson. Take a look at this standee below for Beauty and the Beast, as we get ready for this blockbuster-to-be.