‘Beauty and the Beast’: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens Lead a Table Read in New Sneak Peek

     September 1, 2016


Disney’s live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, doesn’t debut until March 17, 2017, but fans can get an early glimpse at the new movie thanks to a bonus clip in the animated classic’s 25th anniversary Blu-ray. Fans can also watch four versions of the film in addition to the all-new bonus features when “Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition” becomes available on Digital HD September 6th and Blu-ray September 20th.

Right now, however, you can get a sneak peek at a partial version of the clip, one that reveals a good portion of the live-action cast during their table read. Watson’s Belle and Stevens’ Beast lead the read, but if you can tear your eyes away from them for a moment, you can also glimpse live-action recreations of Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Chip and more in the concept art that surrounds them.

Get a glimpse of the live-action Beauty and the Beast below:


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Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation 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 based on the 1991 animated film, the screenplay is by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Bill Condon and Stephen Chbosky and 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.


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