Fans of Beauty and the Beast don’t have long to wait for the brand new film to be released, bringing a whole heap of Disney magic with it.
Starring Harry Potter beauty Emma Watson in the lead role, alongside Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, the movie adaptation is set to bring some of the biggest names in Hollywood together for a fresh take on the classic children’s story.
As we get nearer to the release date more and more information has been leaked and released, so to help you out we’ve put it all in one place so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.
When does Beauty and the Beast come out?
The film will be released on March 17, 2017.
…it’s nearly time so here’s a few clips
We have been treated to a snippet of Emma Watson singing as Belle.
…as well as Josh Gad singing to Gaston.
Ariana Grande and John Legend’s Tale as Old as Time
The new version of Tale as Old as Time. We also have got a look at the full album track list. Scroll down for the full list of songs.
In the mean time take a look at iTunes here and the full title track. Have a listen…
The trailer was aired during an episode of The Bachelor which was co-hosted by the film’s Gaston and Le Fou – played by Luke Evans and Josh Gad respectively.
The trailer previews the film’s version of the titular song Beauty and the Beast , previously sung by Celine Dion, and now performed as a duet with Ariana Grande and John Legend.
Watch the trailer at the top of the story.
Yes, that’s the same famous music written by Howard Ashman. The trailer also reflects the animated 1991 film – shot matching shot.
The film isn’t even in the cinemas yet and people are asking when the dvd is out. It looks like it may be slated for July.
Who is playing Belle?
Emma Watson, known for playing Hermione, will take on the central role for the remake.
Who will play the Beast?
Dan Stevens will take on the role of the Prince and Beast – most people will know him from Downton Abbey.
Who else is on board?
Directed by Bill Condon, the Hollywood blockbuster is set to star Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Josh Gad (Frozen) as Le Fou.
Ewan McGregor plays Lumiere, with a French accent, and Ian McKellen will be Cogsworth.
Full track list
The full track list has dropped on iTunes revealing who is singing each song.
Main Title: Prologue, Pt. 1
Main Title: Prologue, Pt. 2
Emma Watson, Luke Evans & Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast
How Does a Moment Last Forever (Music Box)
Josh Gad, Luke Evans & Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast
Be Our Guest
Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Ian McKellen
Days In the Sun
Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Audra McDonald & Clive Rowe
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Nathan Mack & Gugu Mbatha-Raw
How Does a Moment Last Forever (Montmartre)
Beauty and the Beast
The Mob Song
Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Mack, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Ewan McGregor
Beauty and the Beast (Finale)
Audra McDonald, Emma Thompson & Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast
How Does a Moment Last Forever
Beauty and the Beast
Ariana Grande & John Legend
Belle’s backstory is changing
In the animated movie, Belle feels frustrated with her life in the “quiet village” where “everyday is like the one before”.
Her father, Maurice, is an inventor, while Belle feels out of place but has her love of books.
Emma Watson will now be the inventor in the new movie.
‘What is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead,” she added. “So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”
Maurice, her father, creates music boxes as a way to show Belle around the world – and what she is missing.
It will also feature Disney’s first ‘gay moment’
The movie’s director Bill Condon revealed their scenes will mark what is first time Disney has openly explored an “exclusively gay moment” on film.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told Attitude magazine.
“He’s confused about what he wants,” added Condon. “It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings.”
“Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it and that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away,” said Condon.
“But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Since his comments went far and wide, Condon has said they were “overblown”.
First inter-racial kiss
The romantic tryst will be between new character, the piano Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), and Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe (Audra McDonald).
It’s then followed by a second kiss later on, Condon told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.
“I didn’t give it a second thought, then at the preview, the [Disney] chairman told me that it was the first and second interracial kiss in a Disney movie.
“That shocked me. I was surprised it hadn’t happened before…. and they [Disney] were excited by that.”
How did Dan Stevens look like the Beast?
With difficulty is the answer. Speaking on The Today Show in the USA he said: “Here’s the thing: it was all CGI, so it was motion capture, puppeteering, the suit… and then the face was done separately using a different technology.
“So when I was on set, I was on stilts in a big muscle suit covered in lycra. Everything else looked gorgeous, Emma Watson was beautiful, the sets were incredible… and there’s me just sweating away!
“And over the months I’ve seen it emerge. These guys at Disney putting every digital hair on my digital face. It’s been amazing.”
Two scenes the director has said to look out for
The film is being presented in an expanded aspect ratio which means you get to see 26 per cent more of the scenes.
Condon told Nerdist: “We built this entire village with massive sets and huge stages that we connected. So, for example, you could go from the dining room of the castle and walk all the way through to the entry way, to the front stairs, and into this massive ballroom. It was really something. I think that does emerge clearly in the IMAX format.”
There’s two in particular director Bill Condon feels fans should look out for – the iconic ballroom scene and a fight scene.
“The ballroom. Being able to go in that room and have it always framed by the chandeliers, which are incredibly high in the air, always have them framing the top of the shot just adds more. Our movie is pretty much packed with beauty, but you get to see more of it and the ballroom scene is a great example.”
The turret fight looks great in the new ratio apparently because of the “sense of being high in the air and the sense of danger you feel as the Beast is forced to jump from turret to turret, twenty stories in the air.”
This last bit will reassure fans too.
“In general, it wasn’t about reinventing like some of these recent movies have been. It was really about exploring and digging deeper, inevitably, because you’re bringing people into a live action world. My deepest hope is people see the movie and feel that the additional scenes and the additional material is stuff they always wondered about and wished had been there, so they don’t even remember what was in the animated film and what wasn’t. That it all becomes of a piece.”
The latest posters give us a look at the main characters up close.
For all the posters see here.
Poster shows every single character bar one
A really detailed poster was released showing all the cast – enchanted and human, though there was one person missing. Prince Adam.
Here’s the poster in full.
The classic song
After Ariana posted a photo of her in the recording studio on Instagram fans tried to guess what she could be working on.
Disney announced she and John Legend will be recording a new version of Beauty and the Beast for the upcoming movie.
The duet was originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson in 1991 and became one of Disney’s most iconic tracks.
There’s been a few TV spots released. The latest shows Belle and Beast chatting, and he’s quite the smooth talker.
Watch the full trailer
Emma Watson singing
If you’re wondering if Emma can sing or not, wonder no more.
Due to an untimely leak a fan took to Instagram when he picked up a toy of Belle in Toys ‘R’ Us. The result? A sneaky listen to Something There before the official release.
Hot off the heels of the ‘leak’ Disney has released the official teaser for Emma singing Something There.
Sneak peak of table read
A sneak peek was revealed, showing Emma and Dan at a live table reading, nudging each other and joking throughout.
“Get an exclusive look at the upcoming theatrical release of Disney Beauty and the Beast…,” the clip says and it delivers.
Photos show the new cast
Photos of Gaston, The Beast, Belle and the household objects have all been released.
Watch the first trailer
Disney released its first trailer of the Beauty and the Beast movie adaptation just months ago.
In the 90 second teaser, viewers are treated to their first glimpse of British actress Emma Watson as Belle.
Although you don’t get to see her in costume, the sneak preview is more than enough to whet your appetite and leave fans craving more.
With the animation film’s iconic theme tune playing, the trailer opens with a picture of Beast’s isolated castle, looking foreboding as ever in a snow storm.
The footage then cuts to interior shots of a ballroom in the grand palace, where a piano – which looks like it hasn’t been played in decades – sits gathering dust.
Moments later, the camera then zooms in on a portrait of young man before a claw reaches up and rips the canvas.
In the background, a roar can be heard – our first introduction to the Beast, although we don’t actually get to see him.
A heavy door then creeks open before Lumiere [Ewan McGregor] gasps in a French accent, “Look, it’s a girl! What if she’s the one?”
Ian McKellen then makes his début as Cogsworth, as his voice can be heard sarcastically quipping, “Yes, I can see it’s a girl.”
Is it a musical? There’s three new songs
Alan Menken has written the songs with Tim Rice. Menken wrote the original score with Howard Ashman, while Tim Rice is known for his Disney lyrics on Aladdin.
The songs include; Our Song Lives On which appears at several points in the movie.
Menken also teased there’s going to be a “wonderful singer” for the end credits.
Dan Stevens will sing For Evermore, when he releases Belle from her ‘prison’ to go to her father.
The third is Days in the Sun, when the objects and Belle are falling asleep.
Broadway legend Audra McDonald, who plays Madame De Garderobe will also get to sing in the prologue.
Wait, is Angela Lansbury not keen?
The actress who voiced Mrs Potts and sang the classic Tale as Old as Time was asked about the new remake.
When asked what her initial reaction to news of the project was, she said: “I was a bit taken aback, naturally. I thought, ‘Why? Why are we doing this over again?’ But I guess, I don’t know why they’re doing it. But they are, and it will be interesting to see what they do with it.”
She isn’t quite against it then – and seems to think the live film will be very different to the cartoon.
“I don’t blame them for doing it. But, I’m sorry, they’re not really on our territory. We did it as cartoon characters, and that is quite different from live actors,” she added.
Bill Condon says Emma Watson brings an intelligence to the role of Belle
“Belle is someone who doesn’t really care about becoming a princess. She’s more interested in seeing the world and figuring out who she is than in finding a man and getting married,” Condon said in a statement.
He added, “We all know how intelligent and worldly and sophisticated Emma is, and while that doesn’t describe Belle, it is what Belle aspires to be, and it is the innate intelligence that Emma brings to the role that is such a crucial element when you’re doing a live-action film.”
Ok, so this sounds a little, well mean. Belle had brains, she was clever, but we’d agree she wasn’t that wordly – cue Little Town playing.