This Monday, Disney released their first full trailer for the live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast.
Anyone who knows the original 1991 story is instantly transported back to their days of wide-eyed childhood wonder after watching this trailer. Disney has literally brought their classic fairytale to life for this new film. Details from the original animated musical can be seen in the Beast’s castle: the torn family portrait, the dungeons, the library, the grand staircase and, of course, the magic rose. The trailer hints that many of the original scenes will make a reappearance in the new film as well. The iconic ballroom sequence can even be glimpsed for a few fleeting seconds.
Since the trailer debuted, a few people have pointed out the similarities between this film and the original. Check out this shot-by-shot comparison video to see just how similar they really are:
Yeah, it’s pretty amazing.
Emma Watson takes on the role of the clever and high-spirited Belle. She sneaks into the castle to rescue her father but ends up taking his place as a prisoner of Beast, played by Dan Stevens. Watson looks as if she was born to play the role as she stands up to her captor and interacts with his talking furniture. The cast also includes Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston.
Beauty and the Beast is only one of the many films Disney has decided to turn into a live-action remake. This year Disney released new versions of The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, both widely well-received. Future reboots include a Dumbo directed by Tim Burton, Sword in the Stone, Mulan, Peter Pan and The Lion King directed by Jon Favreau.
Beauty and the Beast is directed by Bill Condon and set to release March 17, 2017.