Beauty and the Beast trailer: First full look at Emma Watson's Belle in Disney live-action remake

We've also been offered our first proper look at Dan Stevens' CGI fearsome Beast in action

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Disney has breathed new life into of one of its most beloved animations.

The first full trailer for the studio's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has finally arrived: revealing Emma Watson's Belle in her full glory, alongside our first look at Dan Stevens' CGI Beast in action. 

The film, directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), takes clear advantage of the original fairytale's French Rococo setting in order to deliver sumptuous, romantic production design worthy of one of Disney's most beloved princesses. This is going to be the visually lush production to beat in 2017, for certain. 

Narrative-wise, things don't appear to be straying particularly far from the original 1991 animation, with all the familiar elements in place: the wolf attack, the granting of Belle's library, falling in love in the snow, Belle finding the rose, and (of course) the iconic ballroom scene. 

The film also stars Luke Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as LeFou, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Babette, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Audra McDonald as Wardrobe. 

Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken has re-recorded the original animation's beloved songs - with some slight alterations - alongside penning three new musical numbers with the aid of lyricist Tim Rice.  


We've also heard details about how Belle's iconic yellow dress will make its transition to screenalongside a feminist twist added to the princess' backstory

Beauty and the Beast hits UK cinemas 17 March, 2017.

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