It has been almost a year and a half since the announcement that Harry Potter actress Emma Watson is playing Belle in the live action remake of Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast. Although Disney reportedly shared a glimpse of Emma in Belle’s iconic yellow dress at the D23 event in August, the rest of us haven’t been given anything to whet our appetites — until now.
The first official preview trailer for the live action Beauty and the Beast premiered on Good Morning America today, and has since been posted online:
In the clip, we get a marvelous look at the interior and exterior of the Beast’s castle as Belle arrives. We get a brief glimpse of Emma in her winter coat outside the castle before we are then shown Belle’s (Emma Watson’s) face as she first sees the enchanted rose that counts down the Beast’s fate:
[This is a great Beauty and the Beast trailer, but I think it’s an even better trailer for The Bachelor!]
In addition to the stunning visuals, we also get an audio glimpse of two of the film’s most iconic supporting characters, Lumiere the candelabra (played by Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth the clock (played by Ian McKellen).
“Look! A girl!” exclaims Lumiere.
“Yes, I can see it’s a girl, you fool!” Cogsworth replies.
“What if she is the one?!” Lumiere foreshadows.
Disney’s description of the preview trailer:
Here’s your first look at Beauty and the Beast, a live-action retelling of the Disney classic?Coming to theatres 3.17.17. #BeOurGuest
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
Only 10 months more y’all!