Once upon a time, Disney had the splendid idea to turn one of it's most beloved animated films of all time into a live-action version starring the lovely Emma Watson as Belle.
The Beauty and the Beast live-action movie has officially stolen our hearts since the full-length trailer premiered this past Monday. It's pure Disney magic that revived the enchanted twinkle in our eyes the moment we saw the spellbound castle.
Based on the trailer alone, many are already calling Beauty and the Beast another big win for Disney. In fact, it has already made history!
The new trailer had a total of 127.6 million views around the world in the 24 hours after its premiere, which is more than any other trailer in history.
It broke the record, beating out the trailers for Fifty Shades Darker and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
During a set visit with EW, Josh Gad who plays Lefou recently said ""Look, there's a lot of buzz surrounding Frozen 2, there's buzz surrounding other things I've been involved with. But, this, there's such curiosity, joy, excitement, and buzz about a film that's two years away still. That's an enormous amount of pressure, actually, but also something that we all take very seriously. Every day we're making this movie, we know what the bar is, and we're trying to match that bar, if not exceed it in some ways. So we're very well aware of that."
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.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, "Beauty and the Beast" is produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. "
Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.