Disney continues to push its live-action reimaginings of hit properties with huge success. Last year’s The Jungle Book, directed by the MCU‘s Jon Favreau (Iron Man), proved that the studio is right to pursue bringing back past stories and characters, given the puclic’s positive response, due to the inbuilt nostalgia that these classic fairy tales have going for them. Next up is Beauty and the Beast.
Bringing on Harry Potter star Emma Watson as Belle is certainly a good way to start. Of course, Watson herself is no stranger to magical worlds, and her familiarity with this graceful, innocent type of character is on full display in the new trailer. The Guest and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens plays the misunderstood Beast, and it certainly seems as though his dialogue in particular will tug at the heartstrings.
Much of the spirit of the animated film is carried over here, more so than with The Jungle Book, and it seems fitting given that we’re dealing with a timeless tale that doens’t really need anything added to it.
Official Description and Trailer:
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.
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Beauty and the Beast leaps into cinemas March 17th, 2017.