Fans of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast got quite a glimpse at the live-action remake coming from Disney in the spring thanks to the new trailer that was unveiled not too long ago. It looks very loyal to Disney’s first attempt at telling the tale as old as time, but advanced visual effects gives director Bill Condon an opportunity to tell the story in a new way, and it looks positively fantastic.
Now we get another little glimpse at the movie in the form of a new photo that finally gives us a shot of Luke Evans as Gaston attempting to catch the eye of Emma Watson as Belle.
Here’s the new Beauty and the Beast photo of Luke Evans and Emma Watson from Empire:
In the original 1991 movie, Gaston was quite the arrogant jerk, and he had some rather chauvinistic views on how a woman should behave, especially with regards to reading, having ideas and thinking. If you don’t remember how that went, here’s how he attempted to get Belle to pay more attention to him the first time around.
At the very least, it seems like Gaston might be somewhat more charming this time around. We don’t know if he’s still telling Belle to stop reading, but at least he’s brought her some flowers. More than likely, he’s still probably pretty aggressive when it comes to trying to win her over. Plus, we all know that he’s going to round up the villagers to kill the beast, so that’s not going to do him any favors.
In addition to Emma Watson and Luke Evans, the rest of the Beauty and the Beast cast includes Josh Gad as Lefou, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, and Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza.
In addition to Dreamgirls director Bill Condon at the helm, the score will be provided by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won the awards for Best Original Score and Best Song for his work on the animated film, and he also revamped his work with the late Howard Ashman to create new recordings of some of the classic songs, not to mention writing some new ones with Tim Rice.
Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast movie is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast is in theaters March 17, 2017.
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