Beauty and the Beast: International trailer shows off Emma Watson's take on a classic Disney princess

She stars alongside Dan Stevens as a fearsome CGI Beast in the live-action remake of the animated film

Clarisse Loughrey@clarisselou
Thursday 01 December 2016 10:25
Beauty and the Beast International Trailer

Disney is breathing new life into one of its most beloved creations.

The new international trailer for the studio's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast offers us a better look at Emma Watson's take on the classic princess Belle, alongside Dan Stevens' fearsome CGI Beast.

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.

Beauty and the Beast trailer

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

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

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