After releasing a handful of images and teasers, Disney has finally dropped the first full trailer of Beauty and the Beast, the studio’s next Disney princess to get a live-action treatment.
Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), the remake boasts an impressive cast, with Harry Potter star Emma Watson playing the role of Belle, and Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens as the iconic beast.
The film also stars Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Lefou, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, and Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza.
Staying true to the original animated classic, the film follows the story of Belle who is held captive by a hideous beast in his castle. As a prisoner, she meets some of the castle’s enchanted residents and eventually learns to look past the beast’s ugly facade and see the benevolent nature of the true Prince within.
When asked about the music that will be featured in the film, here’s what the director has to say:
There’s not one from the original film that’s not iconic, beautiful and perfect, and there was never in my mind any thought of dropping any of them. But entering this more live-action, photo-real, psychologically more vivid medium meant basic questions informing the need for new songs. Not reinventions, but expansions. So that score has been enhanced by three songs, all of them written by Alan Menken. He’s gone completely back inside the music he wrote the first time, and they fit in effortlessly.
Personally, I’m not such a fan of this particular Disney princess. But if there’s one thing that got me psyched about this remake, it’s got to be the casting. Watson just seems like the perfect choice for her role, as with all the other supporting cast members.
As for the singing, although I’m not entirely sure yet how they’re going to pull this off, especially since I haven’t heard Watson or Stevens sing, I have complete trust in Disney in making this work.
Beauty and the Beast dances its way to theaters on March 17, 2017.