In Disney’s new poster art for its live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” Dan Stevens and Emma Watson pose doing the iconic dance number from the 1991 animated film. The image immediately recalls Angela Lansbury‘s version of the theme song, which begins, “Tale as old as time, true as it can be, barely even friends, then somebody bends, unexpectedly.” That tune, by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, went onto win the Oscar for Best Song, while Menken also took home the trophy for Best Score. View the full “Beauty and the Beast” poster below.
Set to be released on March 17, 2017, “Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Bill Condon, who won the Oscar for writing “Gods and Monsters” (1998). This follows the recent trend of older Disney animated films getting the live-action treatment, like “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Cinderella” (2015), “The Jungle Book” (2016) and “Pete’s Dragon” (2016).
The romantic musical stars Watson as Belle, who becomes imprisoned by the Beast (Stevens) in his enchanted castle that’s filled with talking and singing appliances and furniture. The original film grossed $218 million domestic ($424 million worldwide) for Disney and become a cultural phenomenon, and it’s no doubt this re-imagining will do the same.
Other notable cast members in the new “Beauty and Beast” include Luke Evans (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Stanley Tucci (Cadenza), Audra McDonald (Garderobe), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts).
The 1991 animated classic earned an impressive six Oscar nominations: Best Picture (lost to “The Silence of the Lambs”), Best Sound Mixing (lost to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Best Score (won) and three for Best Song (“Be Our Guest” and “Belle” lost to the self-titled song “Beauty and the Beast”). It was actually the first animated feature to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, to be followed up later by two Disney-Pixar movies: “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010).
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