Beauty and the Beast remains one of Disney's proudest moments and one of the most popular and respected animated movies ever made. So, some fans may be a bit worried, just as much as they are excited, about the upcoming live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast that is coming out next year. If the latest photos from Entertainment Weekly are to be any kind of indication, there should be absolutely nothing to worry about.
Entertaintment Weekly has just unveiled the cover for their upcoming issue, as well as a handful of new photos, which give us our first look at Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, as well as several other centarl characters from the movie. The cover looks like a scene ripped right from the animated movie and brought to life, which will surely make everyone even more excited than they already are about this movie. Not only that, but it seems like they may have cast the perfect Belle, because Emma Watson has been a lifelong fan and did her homework. Here is what she had to say to EW.
"I can't even think how many times I watched it as a child. I knew all the words by heart. I knew all the songs by heart."
We should probably mention that this cover is the first official look at Belle and Beast, because a very similar image made it's way online a couple of months ago but was quickly taken down. To say that people are excited about Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast would seem to be a dramatic understatement. When the teaser trailer dropped online a few months ago, it managed to break the record for the most views in 24 hours, which was held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens previously. These new images may not seem like much to some, but it is plenty to get fans even more excited for the new take on Disney's classic musical love story.
Disney has assembled a staggering cast for the movie, which includes the previously mentioned Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. They are joined by Luke Evans as Gaston, Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Ian McKellen won't be getting his own musical number in the movie, but according to what he told EW, it wasn't for a lack of trying.
"I kept singing what I thought would be a rather good addition to the score. 'My name is Cogsworth!/ And I'm a clock!/Ticktock!' But I didn't get my own song."
Outside of the teaser trailer for Beauty and the Beast, which didn't feature a lot of actual footage and almost none of the characters, we haven't seen much from the movie. A stunning image of Cogsworth and Lumiere was released a couple of months ago, as well as a look at Gaston. But outside of that, Disney has been keeping the details of this movie locked down. So this image is likely really exciting for fans and it makes the prospect of seeing what other new images and information EW has in their latest issue potentially very exciting as well.
Oscar winner Bill Condon is directing the movie with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, returning to score the movie. Beauty and the Beast will also feature 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. Disney's Beauty and the Beast is set for release on March 10, 2017. Be sure to check out the new EW cover featuring Belle and Beast for yourself below and you can check out all of the new photos at Entertainment Weekly.