“Look, there she goes — that girl is strange, no question!” sings the judgmental townspeople in a new clip from Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” which opens March 17. The song “Belle” introduces the bookish lead character, who lives in a “provincial town” before encountering the title Beast, who was a prince cursed by a witch. Watch the clip above.
Emma Watson shows off her singing chops as Belle, and the cast also features “Legion” star Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and many more. The director is Bill Condon, who previously won an Oscar for writing “Gods and Monsters” (1998), earned an additional nomination for writing “Chicago” (2002) and then directed the movie musical “Dreamgirls” (2006).
Condon and his cast and crew have big shoes to fill. Disney has been re-imagining its animated classics for a few years now — including “Maleficent” (2014) “Cinderella” (2015) and “The Jungle Book” (2016) — but “Beauty and the Beast” sets up especially high expectations because of its history. The 1991 film won Oscars for Best Original Song (for the title song by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman) and Best Score (also Menken), and it was also the first animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture — no pressure.
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