There’s something here that wasn’t here before, and it’s pretty incredible.
Last week, the world watched wide-eyed as they saw Emma Watson and Dan Stevens speak their first full lines to each other (or, at least, the first we’ve seen). But now, with the release of the 25th Anniversary Diamond Edition of the 1991 classic film, we’ve been given a deeper look into the live-action Beauty and the Beast set to release in March of 2017.
If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. However, if you don’t want any spoilers, then stop right now.
First, let’s recap: the public has heard the voices of many characters including Belle, Lumiere, and Cogsworth, and they’ve seen some very basic concept art. But what about live shots? What about costumes? What about sets? Well, it’s all in the featurette.
We’ve all seen the picture with the cast of Beauty and the Beast. Maybe even some of us have seen this candid pic from Emma Watson.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) March 5, 2015
One of the initial aspects of the film that won fans over was the casting. We know, according to the Inquisitr, that Sir Ian McKellen has been cast as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, in addition to many other intriguing and talented cast members. In the last 24 hours, the concept art for Mrs. Potts and her son, Chip, have been circulating through the internet.
We all know who’s playing the characters, but what many people want to see is the actors in action — and Disney just got us one step closer.
— ComicBook NOW! (@ComicBookNOW) September 1, 2016
More behind-the-scenes footage has come out with the digital release of the Diamond Edition of Beauty and the Beast, and it reveals sets, costumes, and a live-action snippet of the tavern scene (a photo of which was released a while back).
emma watson singing in studio as belle for beauty and the beast pic.twitter.com/DgQgvwFB3h
— charlie (@hermiwone) September 7, 2016
We even catch a glimpse of Emma Watson behind a microphone recording one of the many songs from the film!
— Rafael Fonseca (@RafaGravity) September 7, 2016
There you have it: a new look at what the movie has to offer. From the vibrant landscape and costumes of the town to the lively dancing in the tavern, this film promises to at least be entertaining — but at most, to be everything we’ve ever hoped for.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) August 28, 2016
While the featurette is not even a full two minutes, it offers so much in such a small span of time. All of the pictures that have recently caused ruckus and excitement now jump into life, from Dan Stevens’ flowing locks as the Prince to the lively setting of the opening number.
There’s even a concept art image of Emma Watson in her Belle costume. The designers and artists working on this film are obviously passionate about retaining the original flare of the 1991 film. Watson dons an iconic blue dress over a white blouse. Tucked by her waist are a couple of towels, emphasizing her social class.
Ancora niente foto ufficiali di Emma nei panni di Belle, ma grazie a questa concept art possiamo farci un'idea … pic.twitter.com/Ocrt0wE9UG
— Emma Watson ITALY (@EmWatsonITALY) August 30, 2016
Many fear that a live-action film will disrespect the perfection and genius that was the 1991 Beauty and the Beast. But director Bill Condon confirmed his views on the responsibility involved with a project of this scope.
“When something is so perfect, why get near it? The answer is technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie.”
Parent Herald reported that Alan Menken himself has praised the cast and the minds behind this retelling of one of Disney’s famed masterpieces.
“‘I can’t picture anyone else, honestly. She’s Belle for me now entirely,’ said Menken of Emma Watson via Yahoo UK. The composer also commended Dan Stevens as Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston. Menken said that the cast of live action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a ‘dream cast.'”
It truly is a dream cast, and especially so if the “insane chemistry” (according to MTV) between Dan and Emma is as evident on screen as it was during the table read preview.
Their chemistry is so good that it begs the question: could there be something more there? Who knows, maybe one of Disney’s favorite couples will actually end up together in real life. Talk about a dream come true.
[Image via Disney]