Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon says technology has caught up to the “ideas that were introduced” in the classic animated film which is why now is the right time for Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast. This super short teaser from the 2017 live action version is really an ad for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast 25th anniversary Edition release coming on September 20, 2016. The short clip shows Emma Watson and Dan Stevens doing a table read and Bill Condon briefly discussing the film. To watch the full clip, you have to order the Blu-ray (or wait a while for Disney to bring it online).
In addition to Watson and Stevens, the cast includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson. Condon directs from a script he, Evan Spiliotopoulos, and Stephen Chbosky wrote. The feature film will include songs from the animated movie as well as new original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.
The Plot: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action adaptation 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.
Watch the Beauty and the Beast teaser clip: