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Sit down with the Beauty and the Beast cast. All this week, we're bringing you exclusive Beauty and the Beast cast and crew interviews.

Be our guest all this week for exclusive Beauty and the Beast cast and crew interviews!

We’re just days away from the big-screen debut of Disney’s much-anticipated, live-action Beauty and the Beast! All this week, CS is inviting you to be our guest for exclusive video interviews with the Beauty and the Beast cast and crew. Today, we’re chatting with stars Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald, who take us behind the scenes of a tale as old as time. We even got the chance to ask Gad what advice he’d give to the actor playing Olaf in a theoretical live-action Frozen. Check out his response in the player below and check back this week for interviews with director Bill Condon and stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens!

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Beauty and the Beast offers a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic, refashioning the characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience and 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 Beauty and the Beast cast includes 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; and Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp. The film also features Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Garderobe and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast 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 theaters on March 17.

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