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Emma Watson & Dan Stevens delight in new Beauty and the Beast trailer

First-look footage arrives for the anticipated Disney classic.

Beauty and the Beast
Credit: Disney

A brand new trailer has just launched for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – the latest live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic.

The film, which opens in cinemas on 17th March 2017 stars Emma Watson as Belle
and Dan Stevens as the Beast / Prince Adam.

Beauty and the Beast 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 also stars Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father and Olaf himself Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp.

Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor also stars as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci plays Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Plumette, the feather duster, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald plays Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen is Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson plays the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon and with a screenplay based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, provide 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.

Check out the new trailer below:


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