As anticipation builds for the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney is taking advantage by teasing the film bit by bit. This time, with some concept art and a behind-the-scenes look at the table read.
The video — which is really just a sneak peek for another clip that will be released Sept. 6 — is scored by a familiar, magical bells and strings from the soundtrack. Images of the castle, the rose and the great ballroom flash across the screen.
Then, the table read commences with dozens of people sitting around tables listening to Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Beast) and the rest of the cast read their lines aloud.
“What are you reading?” Watson asks innocently.
“Nothing.” Stevens replies in a deep growl.
Director Bill Condon cuts in the plug the film which also stars Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette.
“When something is so perfect, why get near it?” he asks. “The answer is technology has caught up to the ideas introduced in that movie.”
Concept art of Lumiere and Cogsworth was previously leaked by one of the film’s producers ahead of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s 1991 animated “Beauty and the Beast.”
The update is scheduled for release on March 17, 2017.
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