Disney has unveiled the first full trailer for Beauty and the Beast, the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1991 animated classic.
Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast in what looks like a visually sumptuous retelling. Disney’s been on a winning formula with their live-action takes, and by the looks and sounds of it, we’re in for what could be quite the winner here.
Furthering our excitement is the fact that Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken is back on the score. Menken has crafted new recordings of the original songs with Howard Ashman and has worked with Tim Rice (Aladdin, The Lion King, Toy Story) on several new songs for the film.
Directed by Bill Condon, who took home an Oscar for writing 1998 drama Gods and Monsters and whose directing credits include Dreamgirls, the final two parts of The Twilight Saga and Mr. Holmes.
So far, so very good. Take a look at the official trailer below.
Beauty and the Beast, also starring Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, hits the US on March 17 and arrives in Australia on March 23, 2017.
Synopsis for Beauty and the Beast:
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying 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; 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 based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” 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. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.