Disney has released the first official trailer for the upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and it’s just as magical and enchanting as the original. Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens as the Beast, today’s new trailer shows off the incredible visual affects that will blur the line between live action and animation in the upcoming remake.
The new trailer features songs from the original Disney soundtrack, which won Best Score and Best Original Song for “Beauty And the Beast” at the 1992 Oscars. The upcoming remake will include all the songs from the 1991 film, as well as a few additions, including a new song to be performed by Stevens. Though she’s surprisingly never sung on screen, Watson will also be singing in her role as Belle, a new act that required months of vocal lessons.
Today’s trailer gives a quick overview of the film and serves as an emotional reminder for anyone who hasn’t seen the original Disney flick in a while. The trailer and film open with Belle trading places in the Beast’s castle with her father Maurice after Maurice is caught by the Beast taking a rose from his garden. Local egomaniac Gaston, played by a well-cast Luke Evans, rallies the town to storm the castle and save Belle, who frankly is having a nice time getting to know the entertaining inanimate objects in the castle and perusing the Beast’s impressive library. Also, Belle and the Beast are totally falling in love.
Traditionalists will be happy to see a relatively straight-forward remake, with the new film mostly sticking to the same script from the 1991 version, the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Watson told Entertainment Weekly that some changes have been made to the 2017 version of Belle, with the heroine opting for more sensible footwear and taking on the role of an inventor, a job that her father held in the original film.
The film also stars Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame De Garderobe, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Stanley Tucci as a new character named Cadenza.
Beauty and the Beast waltzes into theatres March 17, 2017.