Disney said bonjour to fans of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast with a brand new clip of the live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated film. The 57-second-long preview shows star Emma Watson, who portrays Belle, signing the opening ensemble “Belle,” written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman. The clip shows Belle walking through the streets of her quaint town, buying bread from the baker and singing, all the while the townsfolk think she’s just a girl with her head in the clouds.
While the song remains virtually the same, there are slight changes to the iconic tune, with minor dialogue modifications. Sticking with the original version, Belle is on her way to return a book, only, instead of the book being about “a beanstalk and an ogre,” referring to Jack and the Beanstalk, the book she is returning is about “two lovers in fair Verona.” Interesting choice to read Romeo and Juliet, Belle, given that your own story is about star-crossed lovers -- but perhaps your love story with the Beast will fare much better than that of the original iconic star-crossed lovers.
Disney has already released other teases for the movie, including actor Luke Evans singing “Gaston” and the final trailer, which was released on January 30, as well as an abundance of promo pictures, giving fans just enough to keep yearning for the movie’s release next month.
Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Babette and Audra McDonald as Wardrobe. The score of the movie will include new recordings of the original tunes written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters nationwide on March 17, 2017.