Fans have been waiting for this moment since Emma Watson announced her new role as Belle in the live-action rendition of Disney's beloved Beauty and the Beast. This morning, we were all taunted with a pleasant teaser of what we can expect to see in the film, set to hit theaters on March 17th, 2017:
It's something sweet, and almost kind, but the trailer only gives us a brief glimpse into this highly-anticipated film.
There are numerous other stars set to play our favorite animated characters. Watson helped introduce the cast members via Twitter back in March of 2015. We've also had the privilege of seeing the Beast (Dan Stevens - Downtown Abbey), Gaston (Luke Evans - Dracula), Le Fou (Josh Gad - 21), and Maurice (Kevin Kline - Wild Wild West) working on set on Gad's thoughtful Instagram post:
With the current wave of excitement that the trailer brought in, I found it only absolutely necessary to find out what else we can expect from this tale as old as time. These five tidbits will increase your hype for 2017's Beauty and the Beast.
Emma Watson Will Be Singing
In fact, not only will she be singing, but some of the voices you hear in the film will be from LIVE recordings that happened on set. Luke Evans recently revealed on Collider,
"We pre-recorded every [song], but some of us sang live on set as well, during the takes. We were mic’d and they recorded that and I think afterward, in sound, they’ll be able to choose whether the live version is better than the pre-recorded version. We’ll never know!"
Watson previously stated that the concept of singing was "terrifying" but she was excited for people to see her do something different in her role as Belle.
"I sing, so that’s really unexpected. I’ve never had to do that for a film role before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that."
This is Watson's first Disney film, and during her role announcement she declared that her "six year old self is on the ceiling." Get a preview of Emma's sultry voice from the brief lullaby she sings in Noah.
The Original Disney Composer Returns
Alan Menken scored the original songs from the 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast. Now he's back and working on the new 2017 remake. The infamous songs are said to come back in action, along with three new songs. Menken collaborated with Time Rice to compose "Days in the Sun," "Forever More," and one last mysterious jingle. Sadly, no songs from the Broadway musical made the cut into the film.
And, although the lovely voice of the original Belle, Paige O'Hara, won't be in this version, she had nothing but encouragement for Emma Watson.
“If I were producing the film, I would have cast her,” O’Hara told BuzzFeed at a 25th anniversary screening of the animated classic. “I think she’s absolutely perfect for the role.”
We agree, Paige.
Lumiere May Sound Spanish
Edwan McGregor says that despite being part of a French family for nearly 20 years, getting Lumiere's French accent right was quite difficult. He said he ended up sounding Mexican instead of French.
"It's not easy doing voice work. I've lived among French for twenty years, so I was like, 'Yeah I can do it.' And I tried to do it, and I couldn't do it!" - McGregor on EIFF.
Regardless, I think McGregor will nail Lumiere's charismatic and illuminating personality.
The Set Will Look Amazing
Oh, that set. The recent trailer mostly showed breath-taking views of the set, leading us into the the Beast's lair in the West Wing, the library, and the ballroom. On the official Beauty and the Beast Snapchat, viewers have been able to get up close and personal with some of the sets most exceptional stages and props.
In an recent interview with Cinemablend, Josh Gad promises that the film will live up to Disney's die-hard fans' expectations.
"I think that [what] the creative team has so brilliantly done is they've embraced it so fully that the scale and scope of those numbers is unlike anything modern Hollywood really gets a chance to do anymore. You're going to see songs come to life in Technicolor magic, in a way that I think like big studio films, once upon a time, used to do, but have sort of not done for a long period of time and I think it's going to be really amazing thing for audiences to see again."
Forte Will Make an Altered Appearance
For anyone who hasn't seen the holiday make of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Forte is the creepy, villainous pipe organ who wants to continue living under their cursed spell and tries to destroy the relationship between Belle and the Beast. In this live-action movie, Forte transforms into a grand piano by the name of Cadenza (played by Stanley Tucci - The Hunger Games).