Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is slowly coming into reality with the cast and crew currently undergoing productions at Shepperton Studios in London.
Longtime fans of the story were delighted to find out that the titular character Beauty, also known as Belle, will be played by the British actress Emma Watson who has won hearts everywhere with her real-life charms and wit. Starring alongside her as the Beast is “Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens.
Although few details are being made known when it comes to the movie, it was revealed during Disney’s D23 Expo at Anaheim, California that aside from the lead stars, Emma Thompson will be the charming Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline has been cast as Belle’s eccentric father Maurice, Luke Evans will portray the main villain Gaston while his sidekick Lefou will be played by comedian Josh Gad.
“Our goal with this film was to bring the story to life in a way so that all of you who know and love it will be rewarded,” president of production at Walt Disney Studios, Sean Bailey said.
Moreover, additional characters include the enchanted household objects such as the amiable candelabra Lumiere, the crabby alarm clock Cogsworth and the new role of the swoon-worthy grand piano, Candeza. They will be portrayed by Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian Mckellen and Stanley Tucci, respectively.
When it comes to the musical score by eight-time Oscar Award-winner Alan Menken will feature new recordings of the original together with several new singles co-written by him and Sir Tim Rice.
Directing the film is Bill Condon with the script by Perks of being a Wallflower’s Stephen Chbosky. It will be produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
In an interview with MTV News, Watson shared her excitement for the highly-anticipated project saying, “We have had an unbelievable time shooting Beauty and the Beast. It has been a complete dream come true. I can’t wait for the film to release in 2017.”
Beauty and the Beast live-action movie is slated to air in the big screen on March 17, 2017 and will be available in 3-D.