If you’re like the millions of people who flocked to Disney’s live action Cinderella this weekend (we did too!), you’ll be excited to know Disney has confirmed the release date for their live action Beauty and the Beast film for March 17, 2017. With Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans the film is already set to be a winner. Throw in Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice and I desperately want it to be 2017 already.
Here’s the scoop from Disney:
The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.
Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice. Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London.