Disney, as is Walt Disney Pictures, has made huge strides over the last few years. Not only have they stepped up their animation game instead of relying on their sub-company to create the magic (Pixar), but they’ve found ways to bring their classic animated properties to the big screen in live-action form. Sure, there were a few bumps, but Disney has brought in the right people behind-the-scenes to bring these magical properties to life. And with the success they’ve had, it seems like the studio will not be slowing down anytime soon.
Beauty and the Beast is on deck for the live-action treatment, and it could not look better at this point. From the beginning, this film has had the potential to be one of Disney’s best ever. From casting to story to the trailer, it looks like a films that will bring that serious Disney magic that’s always spoken so highly of. Emma Watson is a perfect choice for Belle and although Dan Stevens is quite unknown to the general public, he’s an actor who can bring Beast to life in all the ways the character is. Then you talk about the supporting cast, which is led by Kevin Kline, Luke Evans and Josh Gad, but is followed by voice-work from Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson. Seriously?
The film is now just over two months away, which the marketing campaign will finally be getting underway for Bill Condon’s film. Marking the new year, Disney has released the first official TV spots for the film, which are definitely a little friendly reminder as to why you should be excited for this movie. Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast is released on March 17th, 2017 and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson.
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.
I’ve also attached the first promo clip released below, which features our first glimpse as Emma Watson’s beautiful vocal cords. This live-action adaptation won’t be as song driven as the animated version, but it will incorporate a few of the songs from the original, with the following video teasing one of them.