Next up on the Disney live-action remake parade? Beauty and the Beast, set to come out in only a month! And the millennial nostalgia fuel is strong with this one since it also stars Emma Watson as Belle, plus Dan Stevens as the Beast.
This just in! The first Beast-focused clip from Beauty and the Beasthas graced the internet. For those who have seen the animated classic, it’s a familiar scene: the one when Beast is given a pep talk from his servants about how to interact with an understandably scared Belle. Check it out…
Disney just released this sneak peek at “Evermore,” an original song for the Beauty and the Beastfilm. Here, it is performed by Josh Groban. In the film, it will be performed by Beast Dan Stevens just after the Beast releases Belle from her captivity.
We’ve also got a brand new Beauty and the Beast TV spot, which gives us a bit more of a look at the “Be Our Guest” number. Check it out…
Beauty & the Beast Singing Clips
We now have some of our first clips of cast members singing. Have a first look at “Belle,” the iconic opening musical number from the animated film (and, potentially, the opening musical number for the live-action adaptation?). Check it out…
In the below clip that dropped on Good Morning America, you can watch Luke Evans and Josh Gad singing for the first time as Gaston and his reliable Toadie about just how wonderful they are. Well, Gaston, anyway.— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2017
We also have our first sample of a new song written for the remake that is entitled “Evermore.” This one is sung by the immeasurable Josh Groban.
Beauty and the Beast Trailer
The full length, international trailer for Beauty and the Beast is finally here!
And here is the full U.S. version, if you have yet to watch it!
Taking a less is more approach, the Beauty and the Beast trailer delivers subtle reminders of the classic Disney animated film by presenting live action equivalents to elements that the audience will immediately recognize. Although the mood is noticeably darker in this teaser for the reimagining, the piano, the rose, and the candles are familiar aspects from the original.
As the single piano plays “Tale as Old as Time,” there are very few character moments to latch onto, only a brief, obscured glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle as she looks at the enchanted rose beneath the glass.
We’ve got a brand new look at Beauty and the Beastin this 30-second TV spot that aired during the Golden Globes. It includes a lot of the same footage we’ve seen in earlier trailer, but gives us more of Emma Watson singing. Check it out…
Here’s some earlier footage, too…
We also have the below clip, which comes from a longer sneak peek featured on the 25th anniversary rerelease of the original film. In it, we get a glimpse at the table read for the film and hear what Dan Steven’s Beast and Emma Watson’s Belle will sound like. Check it out below…
We’ve got a new Beauty and the Beasts featurette that includes Emma Watson talking about the character of Belle meant to her growing up. It’s pretty sweet. Check it out…
Lastly, we have a new TV spot!— Beauty and the Beast (@beourguest) February 14, 2017
Beauty and the Beast Cast
Emma Watson will star as bookish Belle, with Dan Stevens (Legion, Downton Abbey) taking on the role of The Beast. Filling out the rest of the main cast is: Luke Evans (Gaston), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Josh Gad (LeFou), Stanley Tucci (Cadenza), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Babette), and Audra McDonald (Wardrobe).
Beauty and the Beast Release Date
Beauty and the Beast is schedule for a March 17, 2017 debut. It will be released in standard, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats.
Beauty and the Beast Story
Beauty and the Beastis directed by Bill Condon (Chicago, Twilight: Breaking Dawn) and written by Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Huntsman: Winter’s War).
Bill Condon explains why a live-action Beauty and the Beastis even necessary in the featurette below, saying: “When something is so perfect, why get near it? The answer is: technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie.”
Though Disney seems to be sticking pretty close to the story of its animated classic when it comes to its live-action remake, there will be some changes to the story — and one major one comes from star Emma Watson herself. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Watson explained one tweak to her character that is pretty darn cool:
In the animated movie, it’s [Belle’s] father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.
If Belle is the inventor, then what does Maurice do with all of his time? According to set designer Katie Spencer:
Kevin Kline as Maurice, is making all these music boxes that have to tell the story of Belle not traveling. She’s overprotected in a way, by her father, because she’s lost her mother. So, we’ve made all these music boxes that represent different countries of the world, so she can see what she’s missing.
Beauty and the Beast Posters
We’ve got an epic new poster for Beauty and the Beast…
We’ve also got a new international poster for Beauty and the Beast.It’s very similar to the American one we’ve seen, which is to say: gorgeous. The only noticable difference? Belle is looking into the distance rather than down at the rose in this international version…
Beauty and the Beast Motion Posters
Disney has also released some mesmerizing new motion posters for its live-action Beauty and the Beastfilm. Check them out…
Beauty and the Beast Images
In addition to the images in the gallery at the top of the article, we also have these glimpses from the movie that show us what Watson will look like as Belle and what Stevens will look like as the dreaded Beast, via Stitch Kingdom…— Lorena Alves (@lorena_alves04_) September 30, 2016— Great-Stuff (@Splurgehub) September 30, 2016
Previously, we got these behind-the-scenes looks at the concept art and B-roll from the film when producer Jack Morrissey took to Facebook to share some glimpses of the film that were plucked from a larger sneak peek to be included on the upcoming 25th Anniversary Edition Beauty and the Beast release of the 1991 animated classic.
First, we got this concept art showing Lumiere (voiced by Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (voiced by Ian McKellen) which Morissey calls a close, but not final design…
Then, we got this sneak peek at the B-roll (aka supplemental/alternative footage shot for a scene) from the “Gaston” musical number from the film, starring Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou…
Beauty and the Beast Movie Music
Celine Dion will be performing a song for the Beauty and the Beastsoundtrack. Dion performed a version of “Tale As Old as Time” for the 1994 Disney classic, but will be singing a new track called “How Does a Moment Last Forever.” The singer made the announcement via her Instagram page..
We’ve got our much-anticipated first listen to Watson singing in Beauty and the Beast. Though we have no reason to doubt Watson’s considerable acting ability and on-screen presence, we’ve yet to hear much of her singing. So it’s cool to finally get a listen to this snippet of “Something There” fromthe upcoming flick.
Watson’s voice doesn’t blow us out of the water, but it’s solid. Give the 30-second tease a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below…— Beauty and the Beast (@beourguest) December 31, 2016
The Beauty and the Beastlive-action movie is planned to be a fairly straightforward adaptation of the 1991 animated film, which means much of the same music will be featured. However, the new movie will include new songs, though none of them will be from the Broadway musical version of Beauty and the Beast.
While chatting with Stitch Kingdom, composer Alan Menken spoke candidly about why there are no original songs from the popular Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical in the film, as well as why he and lyricist Tim Rice are returning to the piano to craft some new ballads.
When explaining the absence of the Broadway original Beast solo “If I Can’t Love Her” from the new film, Menken said: “The Beast’s moment in the film is a much later moment — it would not be ‘if I can’t love her;’ it’d be ‘I love her, but damn it, I’m letting her go.’ So that lyric really wouldn’t work with that music.”
As a result, Menken wrote a new solo number for the Beast entitled “Forevermore,” which is about the Beast finally knowing what love is… presumably after he has to give Belle up due to her personal familial crisis, if the original ’91 film is anything to by.
Menken also revealed to the site that he and Rice are collaborating on a song called “Days in the Sun,” which will be a lullaby all the enchanted objects in Beast’s castle sing at night as they remember their humane past before being cursed into their current shapes.