The Disney Live-Action Remake Train will not stop! With the runaway success of last month’s Jungle Book movie, you can expect a steady stream of real-world versions of Disney’s most famous animated classics. It’s nothing new: they’ve been doing this with regularity as far back as the 90’s, which is when the original Beauty and the Beast came out. And now it’s been 25 years….time for the remake.
Disney’s first teaser was released this morning, consisting mostly of sweeping shots of the Beast’s castle interiors. The teaser doesn’t even use the title, confident enough in its iconic-ness to just invite the viewer with the words “Be Our Guest.” (And then prod them to start hashtagging the phrase.)
I don’t need to recap what this movie is about (do I?), but the new version stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Belle’s dad, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a feather duster. Bill Condon is directing and while some of the Menken and Ashman songs from the 1991 version will be reprised, there will also be some new ones as well (from Menken again, aided by Tim Rice).
“Beauty and the Beast” comes out March 17, 2017.