Due to the success of the live action Cinderella (March 2015) Walt Disney Pictures scheduled their live action Beauty and the Beast for a March 2017 theatrical release.
Harry Potter star Emma Watson (Hermione) stars as Belle, the beauty.
Dan Stevens plays the Beast. Luke Evans is Gaston. Emma Thompson is Mrs. Potts. Josh Gad and Kevin Kline have supporting roles as Le Fou and Maurice, respectively.
Bill Condon, who directed Dreamgirls and the final two Twilight movies, directs this incarnation of the Disney classic.
The original Beauty And The Beast, from Disney, 1991, was the first animated feature film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination.
In exchange for her father’s freedom, a young woman agrees to live with a monstrous beast in his castle, and she may hold the key to his salvation.
Expect minor tweaks – just as their were in the live action Cinderella – in this version of the Beast.
Alan Menken, who won two Oscars for the 1991 animated classic, will write the score for this live action tale, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.