Disney has set a March 17, 2017 theatrical release date for the live-action film Beauty and the Beast. The fairy tale will come to life on the screen with Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson as Beauty and Dan Stevens, who has been practicing his growl according to his Twitter feed, as the Beast. Dracula Untold‘s Luke Evans will be playing Gaston. Stephen Chbosky wrote the script and Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Dreamgirls) is directing, with Disney delivering this new Beauty and the Beast in 3D.
In addition to announcing the release date, Disney revealed Emma Thompson will be playing Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline has joined the cast as Belle’s father, Maurice. The studio also confirmed Alan Menken, who scored the 1991 animated film, is on board the new version of the classic tale. The 2017 live-action film will include songs from the animated movie as well as new songs by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.
Filming is expected to get underway at Shepperton Studios in London in May.
-By Rebecca Murray
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