Disney has released the best look (and listen) yet at Emma Watson's Belle in Beauty and the Beast, just as the cast and crew kick off their press tour, appropriately enough, with a bonjour of their own in Paris, France. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Director Bill Condon, and composer Alan Menken started the worldwide tour this week, and Watson's Belle performing a minute of her self-titled number celebrates the occasion.
While no live action adaptation will ever be a one to one translation of the animated classic that preceded it, this clip should make fans of the 1991 Beauty and the Beast absolutely thrilled. It captures the feeling of Belle exploring her poor, provincial town nicely, even if it's not word-for-word dialogue. If nothing else, this clip should make fans intensely excited for what they're going to see on the big screen when this tale comes to life next month, and should raise its anticipation rating, currently sitting at a modest 3.55 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings.
A photo of the cast and crew with the beautiful Parisian backdrop (and Josh Gad's stunning facial hair), was also released alongside the new clip, which you can see below.
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. "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. The film 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, Belle's 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; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
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