Disney announced Grammy Award-winner Celine Dion will contribute to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. Dion has been tapped to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” an original song written for the live-action romantic musical by Oscar winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid) and Oscar winner Tim Rice (The Lion King). According to Disney, the song is an “emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments.” “How Does a Moment Last Forever” will be on the film’s soundtrack CD, which will be released on March 10th, and will be sung in parts throughout the film. It will also be played during Beauty and the Beast‘s end credits.
Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson performed the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning song “Beauty and the Beast” for the original animated film and Dion’s honored to be included in the live-action version. “Being a part of the original Beauty and the Beast was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again,” said Dion.
President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production Mitchell Leib added, “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song. And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”
Beauty and the Beast was directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Disney’s planning a March 17, 2017 theatrical release.
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, and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice. Josh Gad is LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor is Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci is Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald is Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan is the enchantress; Nathan Mack is Chip, the teacup; Ian McKellen is Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson is the teapot, Mrs. Potts.