Disney has confirmed Ariana Grande and John Legend will perform the title track for Beauty and the Beast, the upcoming live-action romantic musical. Grande and Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” track will be featured in the film and on the soundtrack CD. The soundtrack will be released on March 10, 2017 in support of Beauty and the Beast‘s theatrical release on March 17th. The song was written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for the 1991 animated feature film and won an Academy Award and Golden Globe.
Grammy winner Ron Fair is producing the new “Beauty and the Beast” duet. Commenting on Fair’s involvement, Disney’s president of Music & Soundtracks Mitchell Leib said, “Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record. No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”
“Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and Grammy Award-winning classic is not small potatoes,” stated Fair. “But with today’s two greatest plutonium singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire.”
Disney also announced the “Beauty and the Beast” music video will be directed by Dave Meyers. Meyers’ credits include videos featuring Katy Perry, Janet Jackson, Ice Cube and Britney Spears. Meyers recently collaborated with the studio on P!nk’s “Just Like Fire” from Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The Plot: The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. 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 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; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.