Just a few hours after Walt Disney Studios confirmed that the live-action film adaptation of ‘Beauty and the Beat’ will premiere in March of 2016, Disney had another surprise waiting for fans. The studio confirmed new information on the musical score of the film, as well as conifmration on two-new stars that have been added to cast.
The official premiere of the new live-action fairy tale will launch in 3D on March 17, 2017 and Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline will be joining the cast. The studio made the official announcement earlier today.
As previously announced, Bill Condon is directing the new live-action story, with Emma Watson taking the lead-role as Belle. It was confirmed earlier this year that Dan Stevens will be playing the role of The Beast. Other cast confirmations include Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston and Josh Gad of ‘Frozen’ fame, is expected to play Le Fou, Gaston’s sidekick.
As for Emma Thompson, she will be taking the role of Mrs. Potts, the lovable tea-pot that helped Belle through her trying times in the castle. Kevin Kline will be taking the role of Belle’s father, Maurice, in the film.
Also confirmed, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken will be scoring the new film. Menken won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic when it was released in its original format. The new version of the film will feature new recordings of the original songs from the animated classic, as well as several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing the film. The story was written by Stephen Chbosky. The film is now scheduled to start production begins in May of this year at Shepperton Studios in London.
So set your clocks (or set your Cogsworths) for the date, Disney will release “Beauty and the Beast” in 3D on March 17, 2017.