Following last week’s debut of Emma Watson singing “Belle”, Disney has released a new clip from the upcoming Beauty And The Beast, featuring none other than Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gad). So far, the marketing team has done a great job selling us on the nostalgia, which reminds us of how great the animated film is. Of course, since this is live-action, there will be some resistance to the fact that this live-action adaptation is nothing more than a cash grab. Still, you can’t deny that the trend is a big hit for the studio.
Check out the clip and a comparison below.
Now, I am not the biggest fan of Beauty and the Beast, but I recognize its huge fanbase. Unlike Cinderella or The Jungle Book, music will play a huge part in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, as it looks to be closer to its musical counterpart than any of the other films. Not only that, but there will be a few new original songs that are added to the mix, so it should be interesting to see how they fit into the narrative.
Once again, the live-action sequence of “Gaston” is slightly different when compared to the animated one. All things considered, I’d expect to see nothing less than a musical-esque production of the song, and that is what we are getting.
The film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson.
Here’s an official synopsis:
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “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 of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17th, 2017.