We’ve finally got a glimpse of lead actors Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in their roles of Belle and the Beast for the live-action reboot of the Disney classic.
A 47-second clip released yesterday (September 1) shows them together at the first table-read, and though they’re in civilian clothes—and Dan at least is lacking the extensive make-up and prosthetics we assume he’ll need to play anything remotely beastly—it’s fair to say their chemistry as the Disney princess and her unlikely beau makes us go all squeaky.
Also in the clip is director Bill Condon, who asks the question on many people’s minds: “When something is so perfect, why get near it?”
The answer, in short, is technology. Twenty-five years since the original animated movie was released, CGI and cinematography have come along so much that even its most dazzling scenes can be recreated with real life actors. And by the look of those glittering chandeliers, the whole thing is going to be quite sumptuous.
Did we mention too how the movie’s original composer Alan Menken is working on the update? The Oscar winner will be re-recording songs from the 1991 movie and working on fresh material with lyricist Tim Rice, so expect the glorious “Be Our Guest” sequence—sung by Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson as Lumière and Mrs Potts—to be another highlight.
Here’s the clip:
The clip is taken from a much longer bonus “making of” feature, which will be released on Tuesday (September 6) to mark the 25th anniversary edition of the original movie, and a full six months—argh, the agony—before the new updated version of Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters.
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