As if it wasn’t already difficult to wait for March 2017’s release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast film, Disney has to go and release this gorgeous piece of work:
In good news, the film is said to be sticking to the original score of the animated film, while updating a few extra songs. I’m really hoping “Human Again” makes it into this film version.
Here’s the official write-up from Disney:
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.
It’s pretty difficult to dislike anyone in this film. Emma Thompson is Mrs. Potts, and our favorite actress/activist Emma Watson is Belle. Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey is the Beast. Ian McKellen is Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere and Kevin Kline is Maurice. Just looking at this cast list is squee-worthy.
Disney, the wait is making us crazy!