In less than 90 short seconds, Walt Disney Studios has recaptured the magic of one of its most iconic stories ever told, Beauty and the Beast. Within the brief, sweeping first teaser trailer we catch a first glimpse of the decrepit castle of the Beast (Dan Stevens) along with Belle (Emma Watson) whose seen behind the glass case that holds the magical rose.
While the teaser beautifully sets the stage to what’s to come from within the castle itself, composer Alan Menkin’s haunting score hits all the feels. Menkin originally scored the music for the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast and is returning to revitalize his timeless melodies.
Along with a quick Belle sighting and establishing setting, we also get taste of Ewan McGregor’s French accent. Playing Lumier the candelabra, McGregor is joined by Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the mantel clock, who is also heard but not seen in the trailer as well. The cast also consists of Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Josh Gad as Gaston’s sidekick Lefou, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza the harpsichord, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette the feather duster, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe the wardrobe, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts the teapot.
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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Beauty and the Beast, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures:
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast is set for release on March 17, 2017.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures