Yet another legendary classic animated story from Disney Studio will soon be onscreen as a live-action movie. The film “Beauty and the Beast” will finally be starting on production and the movie is all set to release in March 2017.
On Monday, March 16, Disney announced the release date for their live-action 3D remake of the “Beauty and the Beast”. It is noted that unlike the previous live-action remakes of classic animated Disney stories, this upcoming movie will stick to its original movie of being a musical. Aside from few of the songs from the original movie, the remake will have other new songs written by Sir Tim Rice and Alan Menken, one of the two original songwriters of the original movie.
The movie’ cast members include Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/the Prince and Luke Evans as Gaston. Also joining the cast are Emma Thompson (who previously played alongside Watson as Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter series) as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father. Another recent addition is Josh Gad, who played as summer-loving snowman Olaf in ‘Frozen’, who confirmed via Twitter that he will be playing the role of Gaston’s sidekick LeFou.
To be directed by Bill Condon of “Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2” fame, the movie production is set to begin this coming May at the Shepperton Studios in London. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films will be the producers. The movie’s script was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and was rewritten by Stephen Chbosky.
With “Beauty and the Beast” slated for release in 2017, this actually fills up Disney’s list of live-action remakes in the past few consecutive years. This includes 2013’s “Oz the Great and Powerful”, “Maleficent,” released in May 2014 and the recently released “Cinderella” in 2015. Coming up on April 15, 2016 is Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book”.
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