Disney's soundtrack to Beauty and the Beast (currently holding a 3.50 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings) is a substantial part of the film's appeal, creating several classic tracks that will be brought back for the upcoming live-action remake.
While much of the attention has been on Emma Watson's songs as Belle, the other Emma on set also has one of the more memorable numbers to sing, and now fans can get their first listen at her rendition of the classic tune.
The talented Emma Thompson is portraying the delightful Mrs. Potts in the film and will be singing the film's theme song as Angela Lansbury did in the animated original. The clip of Thompson was played at a gala event at the Toronto exhibit Casa Loma Castle and can be viewed in the video above.
The official Beauty and the Beast theme will again be a duet on the soundtrack but will be sung by Thompson in the film. The soundtrack version will be sung by Ariana Grande and John Legend and compares quite favorably to the original version sung by Celene Dion and Peabo Bryson.
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 and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belles eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.