After the success of CINDERELLA, Disney was quick to set the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST release date!
This weekend proved that live-action remakes of their classic animations could be majorly successful for Disney, so it’s no surprise that the company was quick to follow CINDERELLA’s major box office win with the release date for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:
MARCH 17, 2017
Looks like Disney is hoping for a lucky St. Patrick’s Day release for Belle and her friends!
The live-action adaptation will star Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice. Filming is expected to begin this May at Shepperton Studios in London.
This adaptation will also be a musical and Emma Watson says she’s already taking some singing lessons to prepare. The film will be scored by Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for his work on the original animation in 1991.
Disney is also currently working on live-action versions of THE JUNGLE BOOK and DUMBO.