About six weeks ago, Walt Disney Pictures released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. The clip was a teaser in every sense of the word, showcasing almost no actual footage from the film and focusing more on evoking the mood of the studio’s timeless animated classic.
Released earlier today, the first Beauty and the Beast poster accomplishes more of the same. We don’t see any of the film’s stars, but this image is instantly recognizable to anyone with even a passing familiarity with the original version.
Can I order one of these and have it framed? Because it’s gorgeous, and I need it in my life. But this poster is further evidence that Disney is hewing very closely to the visual style of the 1991 Oscar-winning film, and fans should be more than pleased with everything we’ve seen – and eager for more, of course.
Beauty and the Beast opens 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; 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 based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” 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.