The first trailer for the much anticipated live action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has finally been released. Based on the Oscar-winning 1991 cartoon film of the same name, the film is helmed by Dreamgirls director Bill Condon, and features a star studded cast, led by Emma Watson. Many musical and film fans will be delighted to know that it will indeed be a musical film, although fans of the stage musical might be disheartened by composer Alan Menken’s decision to leave out songs from the show, instead opting to write new ones with Tim Rice. Fans may not be hearing beloved tuners like If I Can’t Love Her or A Change In Me, but they can rest easy, knowing that the duo will be creating completely new and wonderful numbers.
The trailer itself begins with the iconic Disney castle opener, only the castle has been replaced by the one being used in the film. A variation of the 1991 film’s theme plays in the background as the trailer unfolds. The inside of the castle is revealed next, and viewers are shown how it has become worn down over time. A painting of the castle’s residents is seen, only to be slashed at seconds later. A beastly growl follows. Suddenly, a door opens, and two voices chime in from the dark. They belong to Lumiere and Cogsworth, the beloved candelabra and pendulum clock, voiced by Ewan McGregor and Sir Ian McKellen, respectively. Finally, a rose encased in a glass dome appears. Focus shifts from the rose, as Belle reaches out to touch it.
It doesn’t reveal much, but it’s a fantastic teaser that is sure to whet the appetites of any Beauty and the Beast fan.