In amongst the glitz and glamour of the Golden Globes last night was a new trailer (well, TV spot) for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast which unveiled star Emma Watson singing for the very first time. In addition, a new poster for the anticipated film has been released, which you can view below (via Collider).
As with the other Disney live-action remakes, Beauty and the Beast comes with a wave of expectation but perhaps none of them have been quite as big as this one. Indeed for many people of a certain age, this is the classic to end all classics and audiences are eagerly awaiting its arrival this Spring when Watson and Dan Stephens (The Guest) take over the title roles. If the trailers and early promotion are anything to go by, this could be the first live-action Disney film to cross the $1billion mark at the box office.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Beauty and the Beast opens on March 17th, 2017.