“Beauty and the Beast” Live Action Release Date Announced Plus More

I know, I know, I promise I’ll shut up about this Beauty and the Beast movie, but now we can “officially” talk some news. Probably due to the success of a certain movie that involved a girl with a shoe, which debuted big this weekend, Disney has announced their new live action adaptation of the classic fairy tale will be released March 17th, 2017.  Oh, and yeah, we got more casting announcements too! (Source)

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For those that haven’t read the countless articles in which we’ve discussed this anticipated flick, here is the general casting that is important to know. The film will star Emma Watson as Belle, with Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens as The Beast/Prince, and The Hobbit‘s Luke Evans as the evil Gaston. It will be directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Side Show) with a script by Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower, Rent). And yes, it is 100% a musical.

Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.” (Source)

But what about new casting announcements? Well, remember that Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts rumor? IT’S TRUE, Y’ALL!

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PRAISE THE CASTING,  PRAISE!

And who else has been cast? Apparently Kevin Kline is going to play Maurice, Belle’s Father. I’ll be honest, as much as I love me some Kline, I feel that is a bit of an odd choice considering the majority of the casting has been looking for actors that are almost spot on look-a-likes for their animated counterparts (cough he’s a little too tall/thin cough.) But Kevin will do an awesome job, and since he has history with Disney (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) I’m sure he’ll fit right in with the rest of the gang.

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Kevin Kline will play Maurice

And as for a rumor coming pretty much true, Josh Gad (Olaf in Frozen) will be playing Le Fou, Gaston’s sidekick. This, like the majority of the casting, is perfect, since Gad is Le Fou, in the flesh. He’ll sing the heck out of the “Gaston” number, and will likely have the energy needed for the physical comedy aspects of the role.

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After seeing Cinderella this past weekend (for which a review will debut later this week) it’s clear that Disney knows what they’re doing. I just hope that Beauty and the Beast is given the same kind of care and attention to detail that the glass slipper heroine has just received. This is a property that is important to so many people, and it would be a shame to see it get any sort of sub-par treatment. But with news like this, I’m becoming pretty hopeful that this is going to be yet another hit for the House of Mouse.

So, are you excited for Beauty and the Beast? Who is your favorite character from the movie? What song are you looking the most forward to? Comment below with your thoughts!

Production on Beauty and the Beast is expected to begin later this year, with the film being released March 17th, 2017. 

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