This 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.
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; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering
aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the
candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the
harpsichord; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock;
and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs.
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon based on the 1991
animated film, Beauty and the Beast features songs by eight-time Oscar-winning
composer Alan Menken, 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.