We had a sort of a teaser last August when we had a glimpse of how the live-action rendition of the characters from the ‘tale as old as time’ will look at the big screen. Through a concept art that was released together with the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, we saw how the film’s animated characters will look like given their live versions. Today, Entertainment Weekly has just revealed its latest issue, and gracing its cover are the iconic characters of Belle and the Beast brought to life by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens respectively.
The magazine cover shows Belle (Emma Watson) in her most celebrated yellow dress, in what seems to be the original ballroom scene in the animated film. This next issue of EW has also set into the stone the final rendition of the lively and classic characters (from left to right) of the mantel clock Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), the teapot Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumiere the candelabra (Ewan McGregor), and the feather duster Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).
Joining Watson in the movie is Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast, Luke Evans(The Hobbit) as Belle’s egotistical suitor, Gaston, and Josh Gad (Frozen) as Gaston’s comical sidekick, Le Fou.
Here are more images from Entertainment Weekly.
Be sure to check out EW’s latest issue set to be released this week for more images and an insider’s look at how Disney’s next big, live-action hit, were made. Beauty and the Beast is slated to hit the big screen on March 17, 2017.
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; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.