And it did not disappoint. It was, after all, a tale as old as time.
Disney released the trailer for the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast; and it is the first official one. Already, we see similarities from the original 1991 animation to this adaptation: it is more than a nod; it feels like a loyal and true lover breathing life to characters.
In the trailer, we first see how Maurice (Kevin Kline) was captured by the beast, followed by Emma Watson’s Belle entering the castle for the first time, and eventually meeting the Beast. With the carrying single Beauty and Beast, playing forlornly, and with much sentimentality, the trailer offered us a sweeping look of the production: exciting, and at the same time, nostalgic.
It didn’t give much away: just something to squeal about – because for some (if not most) of us, this was our childhood revisited and reformed; made human and quite possibly, made better.
Beauty and the Beast is directed by Bill Condon, with music composed by Alan Menken. The movie stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.
Beauty and the Beast is set to hit the screen on March 17, 2017.
Here’s a first look, in case you have missed it!