‘Beauty and the Beast’ trailer an enchanting glimpse of live-action release

‘Beauty and the Beast’ trailer an enchanting glimpse of live-action release

“Come into the light”

And with that, Emma Watson’s Belle — and we — get our first glimpse of the Beast (Dan Stevens) in the first official full-length trailer for Disney’s live-action retelling of its animated classic “Beauty of the Beast.”

For months, we’ve seen just snippets of news — a photo of Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Sir Ian McKellen), a brief table read, the big reveal of that all important glittering yellow ball gown. But, on Monday, Disney gave us the first real look at the upcoming release, complete with the capture of Belle’s father Maurice (Kevin Kline), a rousing speech from Gaston (Luke Evans) aimed to incite mob violence and a heart-to-heart conversation with Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson). Of course, we also get to see that gorgeous gown briefly gliding across the dance floor.

Watson, known for her portrayal of the whip-smart witch Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” series, is a natural choice to step into the role of the beautiful bookworm. In this updated version of the tale as old as time, Belle, not her father, is the inventor and is more practical than her animated counterpart. For instance, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Watson said instead of choosing flimsy ballet flats to make the trek on horseback to find Maurice, Belle rightly chooses sturdy boots for the treacherous journey.

The 1991 film was widely praised for its music, featuring an original score and songs from Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Every song from the original will be featured in the new release, in addition to new numbers penned by lyricist Tim Rice in collaboration with Menken. New selections will include “For Evermore,” performed by Stevens and “Days in the Sun,” a reflective piece for the inhabitants of the Beast’s enchanted castle.

Disney invites audiences to be their guests once again on March 17, 2017. “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented in Real3D and IMAX3D.

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