‘Beauty and the Beast’ First Look: Emma Watson and Dan Stevens Take a Turn Around the Ballroom

The animated ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Photo: Disney)

What’s that on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly? It’s a beast, one as tall as a mountain! Or at least, much taller than Emma Watson. The picture on the cover is the official reveal of the Beast (played by Dan Stevens) in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, in theaters March 17, 2017. In a scene recognizable to fans of the 1991 animated classic, the Beast dances with Belle (Emma Watson) in the ballroom of his castle.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Photo: EW)

The characters’ appearances are very close, but not identical, to the original illustrated versions; Belle’s dress, for example, has the same voluminous yellow skirt, but not the off-the-shoulder neckline or matching gloves. And the Beast (created with motion capture) has a distinctive new face, with more human-like features than the original cartoon character. (Interestingly, this mo-cap version of the Beast more closely resembles the one in director Jean Renoir’s 1946 adaptation of the fairy tale.)

‘La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast)’ (Photo: Everett)

Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), co-stars Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline as Maurice. The film features a combination of CGI and live-action characters, along with songs by original composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice (including new songs written for the film.) Go here to see a few other shots of the characters (including Stevens on set as the Beast’s human incarnation, Prince Adam), and check out more details from EW‘s cover story here.

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