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Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth. (Image: Walt Disney Studios)

Special posters released yesterday (January 26) have given us our first look at the big-name stars who make up the supporting cast of Beauty and the Beast.

We’ve already seen Emma Watson as a pitch-perfect Belle in the first trailer, not to mention Downton‘s Dan Stevens, who, let’s face it, could only convincingly play a “Beast” with the use of a heck of a lot of camera trickery. But we have to admit we were wondering how a live-action remake would approach the singing and dancing teapots, candelabras and clocks that make the original cartoon so memorable.

Well, wonder no more. As anyone who’s seen the Disney movie knows, a beautiful Enchantress curses a Prince, turning him into a Beast, and his servants into household objects. (Uh oh, spoiler alert: Though, where have you been if you don’t know the twist in this particular fairy tale?)

The servants risk being cursed forever if the Beast can’t find anyone to love and love him in return by the time the last petal of an enchanted rose falls. Without completely giving the game away, the new posters show us what Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, and Sir Ian McKellen might look like as Mrs Potts, Lumiere and Cogsworth respectively.

These new posters aren’t just stills, either. They are so-called “motion posters,” which give each actor a chance to embody their character fully:

Whoa! Is it just us, or do these remind you of those moving portraits in Hogwarts?

Also strutting their stuff in the new posters are Luke Evans as the dashing but arrogant Gaston, a surprisingly coiffed Stanley Tucci as the “grand piano” Cadenza, Doctor Who‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw rocking the Marie Antoinette look as Plumette (or the feather duster Babette in the 1991 original), Kevin Kline as Belle’s father and inventor Maurice, Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald as the operatic “wardrobe” Garderobe, and Josh Gad as Gaston’s loyal sidekick LeFou.

And then, because we’ve been very good, we even got a look at Dan Stevens in human form:

 (Image: Walt Disney Studios)
(Image: Walt Disney Studios)

And while the first trailer for the highly anticipated remake gave little away, and a second focussed on Emma’s singing talents, a third one due out on Monday (January 31) will surely give us a chance to see more of the whole cast in action.

In the meantime though, forgive us if we’ve been getting a little too excited about movie posters recently. But we think you’ll agree these ones are a decidedly magical affair — and intriguingly spooky.

Do these posters make you more excited about the movie?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.