I was 9-years-old when the first Beauty and the Beast was released. I distinctly remember being in awe when I saw it in the theater for the first time. The animation was incredible for the early 90’s— there really was nothing compatible at the time, and the ballroom scene, in particular, blew me away. Granted, I was only 9, but the film made a lasting impression on me, and I’ve been a fan ever since, ranking Beauty and the Beast as one of my all-time favorite Disney animations.
With that being said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m on pins and needles for the release of Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
The re-told tale stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Whew! Is that not a cast or what!?
Beauty and the Beast is set to open in theaters nationwide on March 17 (right before my B-day!), and I can already guarantee it’s going to be a hit! I mean seriously, just look at these character posters!!
Emma Watson as Belle
Dan Stevens as The Beast & The Prince
Luke Evans as Gaston
Josh Gad as LeFou
Kevin Kline as Maurice
Ewan McGregor as Lumiere
Ian McKellen as Cogsworth
Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts
Stanley Tucci as Cadenza
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette
Audra McDonald as Garderobe
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.