Walt Disney studios has released its first sneak-peek look at the live adaptation of their classic film, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, due for release March 17, 2017. Although brief, the spot offers short vignettes set inside the Beast’s castle, where the once opulent interior begins to fade to abandonment and decay, as well as subtle voiceover and a brief glimpse of Emma Watson’s Belle.
Directed by Bill Condon (‘Mr Holmes’, ‘Dreamgirls’), this latest adaptation will retell Disney’s 1991 classic, which famously became the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. While the film inevitably lost to ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, itdid take the Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman return for this take, joined by lyricist Tim Rice who collaborated on new songs for the Beauty and the Beast stage musical. Disney says this film will stay 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: Emma Watson as Belle; 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.