Sit down with Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens
More than 25 years after Disney‘s animated version became a beloved part of film history, Bill Condon’s live-action Beauty and the Beast is set to finally hit the big screen this weekend. ComingSoon.net is celebrating with movie coverage all week long and today, we’ve got a real treat. In the player below, you can watch as Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens reflect on bringing the “tale as old as time” to life. Watson talks about her seven-year journey to the role (she was originally planning to headline a version of the tale that was to have been directed by Guillermo del Toro), while Stevens talks about performing while dressed as “a crash test hippo on stilts.”
Beauty and the Beast 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; 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 and 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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