Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Set for March 17, 2017

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Disney has set a March 17, 2017, release date for its live-action “Beauty and the Beast.”

The film stars “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson as Belle, “Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston. Josh Gad has also been cast as LeFou.

Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the first film set for the date. Lionsgate will open “The Allegiant Series, Part 2” a week later.

Bill Condon is directing, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films producing. The script was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Stephen Chbosky.

Alan Menken, who won two Oscars for the 1991 animated version of “Beauty and the Beast,” will score the new film, which will include new recordings of the original songs in addition to new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.

Production will begin in May at Shepperton Studios in London.

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  1. Bey says:

    Ah well, it’s gonna be a hit for sure despite Watson’s stiff and emotionless acting, unless gets her emotion from her eyebrow.

  2. tlsnyder42 says:

    I hope they give it a little bit of the beauty and wonder of Cocteau’s version.

  3. Emma says:

    What’s the point of a live/action version of Cinderella if Daniel Radcliffe isn’t the Beast?

  4. ebfilmsman says:

    What ever happened to creating new stories?

  5. Rex says:

    So, at what point will all these live-action princesses cross over into each other’s franchises, then combine to make one big Super Estrogen Princess Power Team that tackles the combined threats of all their dastardly, world-destroying counterparts, pushing sales of sequels, spinoffs, Blu-rays, movie and music downloads, toys, food and accessories into the stratosphere?

    Face it. You know it’s coming. And if you have young daughters, you’re pissing your pants at the thought of it.

  6. Will says:

    This is so ridiculous. WRITE NEW MUSICALS, DON’T JUST REHASH

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Disagree. There’s room for another live action version of this. They can do both. But, if they write a new musical, can we please have something of the joy and fun of the old Hollywood musicals instead of the dull, boring and depressing (and especially lewd) “realistic” musicals?

    • Michelle says:

      Beauty and the Beast was a childhood favorite, so having it brought to life by what looks to be shaping up to be an excellent cast is far from disappointing. But to each their own!

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