Taglines: Experience the tale as old as time.
Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
Belle is a 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 exterior to recognize the true heart and soul of the human Prince within, just as a hunter named Gaston is on the loose to take Belle for himself and hunt down the Beast at any cost.
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic dark fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, the film is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale.
The film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. In the film, Belle is taken prisoner by a fearsome Beast in his enchanted castle and she learns to look beyond his appearance while evading a narcissistic hunter who seeks to take Belle for himself.
Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England on May 18, 2015, and ended on August 21. Beauty and the Beast premiered on February 23, 2017 at Spencer House in London and is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 17, 2017, in standard, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX formats and Dolby Cinema.
In January 2015, Emma Watson announced that she would be starring as Belle, the female lead. Two months later, in March, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens were revealed to be in talks to play Gaston and the Beast respectively, and Watson confirmed their casting the following day through tweets. The rest of the principal cast – Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci – were annouced between March and April of that same year to play LeFou, Mrs. Potts, Maurice, Madame de Garderobe, Cogsworth, Plumette, Lumière and Cadenza, respectively.
Susan Egan, who originated the role of Belle on Broadway, commented on the casting of Watson as “perfect”. Paige O’Hara, who voiced Belle in the original animated film and its sequels, offered to help Watson with her singing lessons.
Beauty and the Beast (2017 Movie)
Directed by: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Sonoya Mizuno, Audra McDonald
Screenplay by: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Stephen Chbosky
Production Design by. Sarah Greenwood
Cinematography by: Tobias A. Schliessler
Film Editing by: Virginia Katz
Costume Design by: Jacqueline Durran
Set Decoration by: Katie Spencer
Music by: Alan Menken
MPAA Rating: PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: March 17, 2017
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