We’ve been gradually getting excited for the new live-action Beauty and the Beast for some months now, and this movie just keeps looking better and better. Not only does it have a STELLAR cast–seriously, everyone is an a-list actor–it’s looking like Disney is sparing no expense in making it spectacular.
Remember when those casting announcements came out over the span of about a month, and we couldn’t believe they were packing that much talent into one movie? A live-action remake of a cartoon, no less. Just to refresh your memory: Emma Watson will play Belle, Dan Stevens is the Beast, Luke Evans is Gaston, Ewan McGregor is Lumiere, Emma Thompson is Mrs. Potts and Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline and Audra McDonald are in it too. Seriously, we’re only missing Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to have all of Hollywood in this movie.
Now it looks like this stellar cast is not only A-list, but absolutely PERFECT for their parts. In a short clip released yesterday to promote the re-release of the Beauty and The Beast animated movie, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens are shown absolutely slaying their roles already at a table read.
i’ve watched that beauty and the beast table read like 80 times, bc i am a simple woman w simple needs & dan stevens is pretty
— Caroline Liddick (@carolineliddick) September 2, 2016
— Lyra ➡ TheAltSource (@TheAltSource) September 2, 2016
We already knew that Emma Watson would make the perfect Belle (because, let’s face it, she is perfect) but we can’t say we were as confident in Dan Stevens (honestly, we don’t know him that well). This short clip is all we need though to see that he’ll make a great Beast.
The clip also includes comparative shots between the cartoon and the live-action set. If you thought the animated ballroom was beautiful, you’re going to swoon at the real deal (and you should definitely check out The Beast’s Castle at Disney World, but let’s not lose focus). The director, Bill Condon talks about the fact that technology has come far enough now to allow them to capture the magic of the cartoon in a live-action movie. Now that CGI can realistically make forks dance, we’re all set.
This preview is only a small taste of what is on the new Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary edition. There is a longer sneak peek included and we can’t wait to see it. The Anniversary edition comes out September 6, and hopefully that will tide you over until the movie comes out on March 17 (unlikely).
And if you’re not excited enough already, why not re-watch that teaser trailer from a few months ago: