More than 15 years after the release of #Disney's Oscar-winning Beauty and the Beast, the studio is giving its animated classic the live-action treatment. All the music and magic of the 1991 fairytale is coming to life in a new feature film, starring #EmmaWatson as the iconic Belle.
In the same vein as Cinderella and The Jungle Book before it, #BeautyAndTheBeast promises to dazzle our senses by pairing '90s nostalgia with the technological filmmaking advances of today. From dancing dishes to romantic waltzes across a gilded ballroom, the 2017 reimagining is already gearing up to be one of the biggest box office earners of the year.
So, ma chère Mademoiselle (and Monsieur), it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that I welcome you tonight. And now, I invite you to relax; let us pull up a chair as Movie Pilot proudly presents everything you need to know about Beauty and the Beast.
'Beauty And The Beast' News, Rumors, And Updates
– Beauty and the Beast continues to dominate the box office:
A strong opening weekend isn't always a sign of success, but Beauty and the Beast showed it's got what it takes by continuing on its record-breaking box office streak.
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– The best part of the live-action movie is when it solves mysteries from the animated version:
While we've always been fond of Mrs. Potts and her son Chip, one big question had long been left unanswered: Who is the father? It looks like the live-action remake gives us a few clues about the origins of the second half of Chip's DNA.
– Beauty and the Beast keeps on breaking box office records:
Nobody doubted that Beauty and the Beast would be a success, but it's still defying all expectations with an eye-popping $170 million domestic opening.
– Could it be that Beauty and the Beast ends tragically?
Though Disney will certainly never make a movie with such a terrible ending, there seem to be a few hints to the fact that Belle and the Prince don't live much longer after the story ends. It's only true if you want to believe it!
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– The whole soundtrack is available on Disney's YouTube channel:
In case you were still on the fence about going to see Beauty and the Beast, Disney has released pretty much every scene of the movie in various TV spots and featurettes. Now, the whole soundtrack is also available on YouTube for you to dive into, starting with Céline Dion's new song. Check out the rest on DisneyMusicVEVO's channel.
– We got some exclusive insights from a press screening of Beauty and the Beast!
Ever wondered what the cast called the Beast on set? We went to a press junket for the movie and got some more fun trivia about the movie!
– Ariana Grande and John Legend have released their music video for "Beauty and the Beast":
The video for Ariana Grande and John Legend's version of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme is here! Ariana looks a little bit like a CGI-ed version of herself and the song itself is extremely cheesy, but isn't that what a Disney movie is about?
– The director of Beauty and the Beast has made Le Fou officially gay:
Who hasn't suspected that Le Fou didn't have at least a little crush on Gaston in the animated Beauty and the Beast? Now, Bill Condon has confirmed a new scene in the live-action version would show the sidekick's feelings for the village's beau, in a historic move for Disney.
– Emma Watson hopes that movies like Beauty and the Beast can encourage men to look up to female characters:
On the cover of Entertainment Weekly, Watson discussed playing strong female characters such as Hermione and Belle — and how she hopes young boys and men alike can identify with them, not because of their gender but thanks to their awesome qualities.
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– Disney releases a behind-the-scenes look at the movie:
It's not hard to imagine that the sets on a movie like Beauty and the Beast are simply enormous, but here's your chance to take a quick look at what the production of the movie actually looked like.
'Beauty and the Beast' Trailer
The final trailer for Beauty and the Beast pretty much sums up the whole story, but it's not like we don't know it by heart already.
You'll certainly notice the striking similarities with the 1991 classic, as if some scenes had been recreated frame by frame! So we put together a side-by-side of the live-action and the animated versions:
In addition to the teasers and trailers, Disney released a quick sneak peek that reveals even more of the characters, a look at the castle and some sound bites from a table read with Stevens and Watson. Could you dream of a better casting?
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'Beauty and the Beast' Release Date
Writer and director #BillCondon's take on Beauty and the Beast will be released in US theaters starting March 17, 2017.
'Beauty and the Beast' Plot
As far as we can tell, the plot to this modern version will largely be similar to the original film. A smart, beautiful, but socially ostracized woman named Belle becomes the captive of the ferocious prince-turned-Beast. But after some time together, Belle comes to realize that the Beast isn't nearly as scary as she initially thought, and the two fall in love. Meanwhile, her suitor #Gaston can't stomach being turned down, and riles up the villagers against the Beast.
The one thing that the movie has changed from the animated version, however, is that this time Belle is an inventor, and not her father Maurice. Not only does that further cement her status as an excellent role model, it also gives her more of a background story and helps explain why the rest of the village think she's a bit unusual.
'Beauty and the Beast' Cast
Beauty and the Beast features a star-studded cast, including a number of familiar franchise stars, Oscar and BAFTA nominees and winners, and even a hilarious comedic actor. Meet the main actors below:
- Emma Watson as Belle: Emma Watson, best known for her role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise and as a UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador, polished up her singing voice to play the beautiful brainiac Belle.
- Dan Stevens as Beast/Prince Adam: Dan Stevens's fame finally expanded overseas after he played the incredibly dashing and handsome Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey. Now he'll use his charms to woo Belle.
- Ewan McGregor as Lumière: We already know that Scottish Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor has the pipes to light up the silver screen after seeing Moulin Rouge.
- Ian McKellen as Cogsworth: Academy Award and BAFTA Award-nominated actor Sir Ian McKellen needs no introduction, but with franchises including the Lord of the Rings saga and the X-Men series on his resume, it never hurts to mention them.
- Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts: Though it's hard to imagine anyone but Angela Lansbury voicing the maternal porcelain teapot Mrs. Potts, Academy Award BAFTA Award-winning actress Emma Thompson will certainly do a brilliant job.
- Luke Evans as Gaston: Fresh off of the release of the thriller The Girl on the Train, Luke Evans is primed and ready to play the villainous Gaston. Only time will tell whether or not he can actually eat five dozen eggs like his character.
- Josh Gad as Le Fou: Josh Gad first started making waves when he starred in The Book of Mormon on Broadway. But after playing Olaf in Disney's Frozen, Gad is recognized as comedic gold fit for Beauty and the Beast.
- Kevin Kline as Maurice: Playing Belle's slightly eccentric but lovable father, Maurice, is Kevin Kline. With an Oscar for A Fish Called Wanda and two Tony Awards under his belt, taking on the role of the off-kilter inventor will be a piece of cake.
- Stanley Tucci as Cadenza: Stanley Tucci has proven time and time again to be a phenomenal actor in whatever role he is cast (I'm looking at you, The Lovely Bones). That's why we shouldn't be worried to see him play a new character, Cadenza.
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette: Plumette might not have been a massive character in the original animated version, but the feather duster might be getting more screen time after it was announced the up-and-coming Doctor Who actress would be lending her voice to the part.
For more on the cast, read our complete rundown:
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'Beauty and the Beast' Characters
- Belle: Despite being a beautiful young woman, Belle is an outsider in her small French village due to her love of books and fierce independence.
- Beast: Formerly a handsome but spoiled prince, the prince was turned into a Beast after refusing to help a beggar woman who was really a powerful Enchantress in disguise. This curse means the Beast and his castle staff will be trapped in their inhuman form until he falls in love with a woman and earns her love in return.
- Lumière: One of Beast's right-hand men — or, in this case, candlestick — and maître d', Lumière is one of the castle staff who is affected by the curse. He aids Beast in wooing Belle.
- Cogsworth: Beast's other confidant, Cogsworth is a tightly wound Majordomo who takes the shape of a clock and the counterpart for the more rebellious Lumière. He also helps Beast re-learn his manners and prove himself to Belle.
- Mrs. Potts: Mrs. Potts is a teapot and the head of the castle kitchen staff. Potts's sweet, nurturing character helps Belle ease into a sense of comfort while held prisoner in this strange, magical world of talking monsters, dish ware and household appliances.
- Gaston: The main antagonist of the film, the handsome but brutish Gaston is one of Belle's suitors prior to her capture. Though widely considered a hero by the townspeople, his narcissistic and chauvinistic personality leaves Belle rejecting his proposal.
- Le Fou: Le Fou is Gaston's best friend and resident sycophant. His character largely serves as comic relief throughout the film.
- Maurice: Belle's single father Maurice might be considered an embarrassment to the town, but it means little to Belle who continues to love him and stand by his side no matter what people say.
- Cadenza: A new character added to the fairytale, Cadenza was described by Disney and Variety as "the grand piano and a neurotic maestro."
'Beauty and the Beast' Posters
While the first poster for Beauty and the Beast only included the enchanted rose, we finally got a poster drawing from the unforgettable ballroom dance, and Belle's signature golden dress.
Where To Watch 'Beauty and the Beast' Online
Considering the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast has just come out in theaters, you won't be able to find it online. (Nor do we encourage bootlegging or illegally streaming movies of any sort.)
If you want to watch the 1991 animated version, however, it is available as a rental through several sites such as iTunes, Amazon Video or Google Play.
Live-Action Disney Movies: The Complete List
Beauty and the Beast is Disney's next live-action film to hit theaters, but if the current slate is any indication, this trend shows no sign of slowing down.
The next Disney animated characters to become live-action wonders includes Mulan, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Cruella, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, The Sword In The Stone, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Winnie The Pooh, Prince Charming, Genies, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Maleficent 2, The Jungle Book 2, Mary Poppins Returns and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The live-action Beauty and the Beast will be released on March 17, 2017.
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