Emma Watson and Dan Stevens embark on an enchanting love story in the first full trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast.
Extracting the core elements of the 1991 classic – the music, the unyielding romance, the animated ornaments – and projecting them onto a much grander scale, here we’re introduced to Emma Watson’s graceful Belle, the young bookworm who crosses paths with Stevens’ Beast, only to discover that the towering monstrosity is much kinder than he appears.
It’s a tale as old as time, and Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast looks to breathe new life into the Disney classic with style and grace. Much of that comes to down to the ensemble cast, of course. With Watson and the so-hot-right-now Stevens taking point as the titular, lovestruck leads, Condon has also recruited Ian McKellen and Ewan McGregor for the roles of Cogsworth and Lumiere, respectively.
Elsewhere, Luke Evans will play the part of Gaston, Emma Thompson stars as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Plumette and Kevin Kline will be Belle’s father, Maurice. Josh Gad and Stanley Tucci also star, and March 17 is the date for your diaries.
Beauty and the Beast is by no means the only fairytale in line for the remake treatment; not only has the Mouse House hatched plans for Mary Poppins Returns, but among this new wave of live-action re-imaginings are a redo of Mulan, Snow White and The Lion King, the latter of which will be directed by Jon Favreau after the director steered The Jungle Book toward worldwide success earlier in the year.