Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)

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Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast 2017 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bill Condon
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Disney's Beauty and the Beast
by Linda Woolverton
Beauty and the Beast by
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Starring
Music by Alan Menken[1]
Cinematography Tobias Schliessler
Edited by Virginia Katz
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Country United States[2]
Language English

Beauty and the Beast is an upcoming American romantic fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. A Walt Disney Pictures production, the film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's fairy tale. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. In the film, Belle is taken prisoner by a fearsome Beast in his enchanted castle and learns to look beyond his appearance while evading a narcissistic hunter who seeks to take Belle for himself.

Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, on May 18, 2015, and ended on August 21. The film is to be released on March 17, 2017, in standard, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats.[3]

Plot[edit]

Belle is a young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle in exchange for the freedom of her father Maurice. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's exterior to recognize the true heart and soul of the human Prince within just as a hunter named Gaston is on the loose to take Belle for himself and hunt down the Beast at any cost.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Previously in 2009, Disney began progress on a film adaptation of the 1994 Broadway musical.[17][18] However, in a 2011 interview, composer Alan Menken stated the planned film version of the Beauty and the Beast stage musical "was canned."[19]

In April 2014, it was reported that Walt Disney Pictures began developing a new live-action version and remake of Beauty and the Beast after making other live-action fantasy films such as Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book.[20] On June 4, 2014, Bill Condon signed on to direct the film, which Evan Spiliotopoulos would write.[21] In September 2014, it was announced that Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) would re-write the script.[22]

Casting[edit]

On January 26, 2015, Emma Watson announced that she would be starring as Belle, the female lead.[4] On March 4, 2015, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens were revealed to be in talks to play Gaston and the Beast respectively,[23][24] and Watson confirmed their casting the following day through tweets.[5][7] Josh Gad was added to the cast on March 13, 2015, to play LeFou, Gaston's sidekick.[9] Emma Thompson joined the cast on March 16, 2015, to play Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline was announced to play Maurice, Belle's father.[8] Audra McDonald was cast as Garderobe, the wardrobe, on March 27, 2015.[13] Ian McKellen was cast on April 10, 2015, as Cogsworth, the Beast's loyal butler, who was cursed into a clock.[12] On April 13, 2015, Gugu Mbatha-Raw was set to play Plumette, the feather duster.[14] On April 21, it was announced that Ewan McGregor had joined the cast as Lumière, the candelabra,[10] and later that same day, that Stanley Tucci would be playing Cadenza, a harpsichord, an original character created for the film.[11][25]

Susan Egan, who originated the role of Belle on Broadway, commented on the casting of Watson as "perfect".[26] Paige O'Hara, who voiced Belle in the original animated film and its sequels, offered to help Watson with her singing lessons.[27]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began at Shepperton Studios in London on May 18, 2015.[8][28][29] Filming with the principal actors concluded on August 21.[30][31] Six days later, co-producer Jack Morrissey confirmed that the film had officially wrapped production.[32]

Music[edit]

Condon originally planned on not only drawing inspiration from the original film, but he also planned to include most, if not all, of the Menken/Ashman songs from the Broadway musical, with the intention of making the film as a "straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical".[33] Menken will return to score the film's music, which will feature songs from the original film by him and Howard Ashman, plus new material written by Menken and Tim Rice.[34] Menken said the film will not include songs that were written for the Broadway musical and instead, created three new songs.[35] The film will also feature a new version of "Beauty and the Beast" by Ariana Grande and John Legend.[36][37]

Release[edit]

On March 16, 2015, Disney announced the film would be released in 3D on March 17, 2017.[8] The first official presentation of the film took place at Disney's three-day D23 Expo in August 2015.[38]

Marketing[edit]

Following an announcement on May 22, 2016,[39] Disney premiered the first official teaser trailer on Good Morning America the next day.[40] In its first 24 hours, the teaser trailer reached 91.8 million views, which topped the number of views seen in that amount of time in history, including for the teasers for other films distributed by Disney such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron.[41] The first official teaser poster was released on July 7, 2016.[42] On November 2, 2016, Entertainment Weekly debuted the first official image on the cover of their magazine for the week along with nine new photos as well.[43][44] One week later, Emma Watson and Disney debuted a new poster for the film.[45] On November 14, 2016, the first theatrical trailer was released again on Good Morning America.[46] The trailer reached 127.6 million views in its first 24 hours, setting a new record as the trailer with the most views in one day, beating out Fifty Shades Darker.[47] However, the record has since been broken again by The Fate of the Furious.[48]

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