Tale as old as time, true as it can be… The Beauty and The Beast is here.
You know the rest, and more likely than not are singing along out loud or mentally.
Disney is famous and highly regarded for their animated tales that dazzle and amaze fans time after time. Filled with heart, passion and even a bit of their trademark magic these stories are ones that live on generation after generation. And leave you with a little something. Over the past few years Disney has been re-imagining some of the classic and beloved works in a way that both shows the tale and characters we know and love in new light, and even explores what had only been touched. But rather than using animation as their medium it has been opted to do the stories in live-action.
Last year following the success of their live-action Cinderella, Disney announced a long list of classics that where going to be crafted and released over the course of the next few years. This year fans got to return to the world of The Jungle Book. A film that has done only done well at the box office, but also helped gain more momentum for fans for upcoming release.
And the next live-action version of Beauty and the Beast is next.
For anyone who is not acquainted with this classic tale the story centers on Belle. A bright, and beautiful young woman always noted to have her nose in a book. In order to prevent her father from being a prisoner of the beast, Belle offers herself in his place and is taken captive in a beast’s castle. There she finds herself surrounded by the less than orthodox staff of the castle. Over time Belle is able to forge a relationship with the Beast, one that leads her to discover that he is more than his appearance lead her to believe.
There has been a lot, and I mean a lot, of hype for this film. Mostly in part to the fact Beauty and the Beast is such a beloved story. Even though the story to some levels is simplistic in both has a high production value and an air of timelessness.
Throw in the casting and there is very little to not be excited about. Emma Watson as Belle, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Josh Gad as Le Fou- and that is only a mere fraction of this talented group. Even though filming was completed last year Disney has been extremely closed mouth about anything outside the fact the film was slated to be released sometime in 2017.
That is until now, yesterday (May 23, 2016) thanks to Good Morning America we finally have our first look at the upcoming film in a brand-new teaser. Though the video offers little in terms of the narrative of the story, granted fans already know the story inside and out. It really does a nice job of showing off a truly breath-taking set and really setting the tone for the film.
But above all that it really helped get fans far more excited for more and ultimately the actual release; March 7th, 2017.
I myself am really eager to see more developments and see the end product. Beauty and the Beast has the high regards it does for a reason, it is infinitely a film that does well against time. The fact that they are keeping this a musical as opposed to the live-action Cinderella and Maleficent, really proves how true they are trying to be towards the original. That said I do hope they are willing to step some outside the box and do things originally to this adaptation so it can truly be its own.
Good thing we have a lot of time to speculate.
Join the conversation: What are your thoughts on this new teaser? How different do you hope they make this version of Beauty and the Beast?