Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast is still a ways from hitting theaters, but that doesn't mean we can't start getting excited for its 2017 release! In his recent Instagram post, Frozen's Josh Gad posted a photo from the set of the film commemorating the wrap of principle photography.
The photo shows Gad, who is playing Gaston's goofy, oafish sidekick LeFou, in a tender embrace with Gaston himself, Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) on the snowy steps of a very gothic-looking castle. It looks like Prince Adam's cursed castle might be even creepier than we're used to!
That's a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans
No one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston's, but this friendship looks like it might give it a run for its money!
Gad and Evans have been filming since mid-May alongside their fellow A-list costars. The cast includes a number of heavy hitters like Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Beast), Ewan McGregor (Lumière), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Kevin Kline (Maurice), and Stanley Tucci in the new role of Cadenza.
Even though much of the live-action filming is complete, it's going to take a while for director Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn) to bring all of Prince Adam's singing and dancing household items to life.
And yes, there will be singing! In an interview with Vanity Fair, Condon made it clear that the Disney songs that accompanied the original 1991 animated feature and the Broadway musical are simply too good to pass up.
When I first spoke to Disney about doing Beauty and the Beast, they actually weren’t sure they were going to do this new version as a musical, and I said, “With all due respect, I think you’re crazy. The songs are too good. You’re going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action Beauty and the Beast and not do ‘Be Our Guest’?”
So how can we expect this live-action version to differ from what we already know? Condon goes on in this interview to explain that it will definitely connect to what we grew up with, but will also answer some questions that may have been raised since.
I wouldn’t say we’re changing the story so much as sort of making connections that in a lot of cases were right under the surface. Honestly, there are so many people who love the original film and love the Broadway show, and they’ve had two decades now to pick them apart and point out big questions and plot holes, and in a lot of places we looked at those and said, “Hey, that’s a good question,” or “That’s an excellent point, why don’t these townspeople know anything about this huge castle that’s like a mile away from their village?,” and used those as jumping off points for our own discussions. So hopefully, this will be a film where a die-hard fan can jump up and say “exactly!”
I don't know about you guys, but this sounds perfect to me! Keep the story the same but bring to light some things that my adulthood has made me question and help me explain them. The countdown until 2017 begins now!
Beauty and the Beast is set to waltz into theaters on March 17, 2017.