It’s a tale as old as time, and another way of saying that is Beauty and the Beast is probably going to unfold rather predictably. Don’t expect a bold departure from Disney‘s 1991 classic, the only animated film so far to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, because whenever these movies depart way off from the source material, that’s how you get an Alice Through the Looking Glass. So when watching the new trailer below, keep in mind, this movie’s going to sell you on everything you already love about Beauty and the Beast, just in live-action.
Well that was fun, wasn’t it? And yes, that was the new version of the title song you heard with John Legend and Ariana Grande millennial-ing up the original Céline Dion track, but the film will also feature three all-new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice as well. Bill Condon directs the lavish adaptation which stars Emma Watson as Belle, and Dan Stevens as the Beast.
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “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 of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast will be in theatres everywhere on March 17.