One of Disney’s most successful and beloved animated fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast, will be coming to the big screen in a live-action feature next March. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will be performing the title roles and they’ll be helped along the way with cutting-edge, computer-generated effects. Director Bill Condonand costume designer Jacqueline Durran also had a hand in the upcoming adaptation; Durran’s work can be glimpsed in Belle’s iconic yellow gown as seen in a new image from EW’s magazine cover. Disney has also released a number of new images featuring some fantastic costume work from the title leads and the rest of the colorful cast members.
Also starring Luke Evans as Belle’s suitor Gaston, and Josh Gad as Gaston’s lackey, Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as the enchanted candelabra Lumière, and Sir Ian McKellen as the clock Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Beauty and the Beast debuts March 17, 2017.
Within EW’s write-up are a number of trivia tidbits about the highly anticipated film, like the fact that McKellen tried to get a big production number for Cogsworth: “I kept singing what I thought would be a rather good addition to the score. ‘My name is Cogsworth!/ And I’m a clock!/Ticktock!’ But I didn’t get my own song.” The film’s new songs were written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.
Be sure to check back with us for continuing coverage of Beauty and the Beast, and keep an eye out for EW’s upcoming issue with much more from the production. And take a look at the newly released images and cover image below (via EW):