- release date
- 129 minutes
- Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad
- Bill Condon
- Current Status
- In Season
The tale as old as time received a new chapter on Monday morning, when Disney unveiled the first look at its live-action retelling of 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and many more. There was no golden dress or library packed sky-high with books, but the minute-and-a-half-long teaser was still filled with numerous callbacks to the original.
From the Beast’s castle to Belle’s foray into the forbidden West Wing, be our guest as we go through five ways the film referenced its predecessor.
The first thing viewers see when watching the trailer is the castle that the Beast calls home — where Belle’s father, Maurice, and then Belle herself, initially become his prisoners. From the pointed turrets to its dark, you-don’t-want-to-go-in-there aura, it looks remarkably similar to the animated version’s exterior.
The Beast’s slashed portrait
We don’t see the Beast in this teaser, but we do see what his claws can do. In the original, he slashes a portrait of himself in his pre-Beast form. Here, it’s a portrait of him as a young boy with his parents.
The arrival of Belle at the castle prompts the attention of the Beast’s transformed servants, hopeful she might be the one to break the spell. In the original, Chip spots Belle first (“Momma, there’s a girl in the castle!”) before candelabra Lumiere and Cogsworth the clock take notice. Here, we hear — but don’t see — the latter two (played by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen, respectively), discuss her with similar dialogue.
The rose in the West Wing
Our first glimpse of Watson as Belle comes near the end of the trailer, as she eyes the enchanted rose in the West Wing that counts down until the Beast will stay a beast forever — that is, unless he can learn to love another, and earn her love in return…
“Beauty and the Beast…”
Just as the footage ends, we hear a familiar tune: the now-iconic music from the original movie’s theme. Just wait until we can see the ballroom all done up for that scene…
Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast arrives in theaters March 17, 2017.