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Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)

Beauty and the Beast
Directed by Bill Condon
Produced by Don Hahn
David Hoberman
Todd Lieberman
Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky
Story by Evan Spiliotopoulos
Based on Disney's Beauty and the Beast by Linda Woolverton
Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Starring Emma Watson
Dan Stevens
Luke Evans
Emma Thompson
Kevin Kline
Ian McKellen
Ewan McGregor
Josh Gad
Audra McDonald
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Stanley Tucci
Music by Alan Menken
Cinematography Tobias A. Schliessler
Edited by Virginia Katz
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) (US)
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

Beauty and the Beast is an upcoming 2017 American live action/CGI-animated romantic musical fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, based on the fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and the 1991 Disney animated musical film. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Stanley Tucci. Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey on May 18, 2015. Filming ended on August 21, 2015. The film is to be released on March 17, 2017, in 3D.[1]


  • Cast 1
  • Production 2
    • Development 2.1
    • Casting 2.2
    • Filming 2.3
  • Release 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5




Previously in 2009, Disney began developing a film adaptation of the 1994 Broadway musical.[12][13] However, in a Den of Geek interview, composer Alan Menken stated the planned film version of the Beauty and the Beast stage musical "was canned."[14]

In April 2014, it was reported that Disney began developing a new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast after making other live-action fantasy films such as Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book.[15] On June 4, 2014, Bill Condon signed on to direct the remake of Beauty and the Beast for Walt Disney Pictures with Evan Spiliotopoulos writing the script.[16] Condon originally planned on not only drawing inspiration from the original film, but he also planned to include most, if not all, of the Menken/Rice songs from the Broadway musical, with the intention of making the film as a "straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical".[17] In September 2014, it was announced that Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) will re-write the script.[18] Composer Alan Menken will return to score the film's music, with songs from the original film and new material written by Menken and Tim Rice.[19] In June 2015, Menken said the film will not include songs that were written for the Broadway musical.[20]

Paige O'Hara, who voiced Belle in the original animated film, offered to help Watson with her singing lessons.[21]


On January 26, 2015, Emma Watson announced that she would be starring as Belle, the female and princess lead.[2] On March 4, 2015, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens were revealed to be in talks to play Gaston and the Beast respectively,[22][23] and Watson confirmed their casting the following day through tweets.[4][3] Josh Gad was added to the cast on March 13, 2015 to play Gaston's sidekick, LeFou.[8] Emma Thompson joined the cast on March 16, 2015 to play Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline to play Belle's father, Maurice.[7] Audra McDonald was cast as Garderobe, the wardrobe, on March 27, 2015.[10] Ian McKellen was cast on April 10, 2015 as Cogsworth, the Beast's loyal butler, who was cursed into a clock and overtook the castle.[6] On April 13, 2015, Gugu Mbatha-Raw was set to play Plumette, the feather duster.[11] On April 21, it was announced that Ewan McGregor had joined the cast as Lumière, the candelabra,[5] and later that same day, that Stanley Tucci would be playing Cadenza, a grand piano, an original character created for the film.[9][24]

Susan Egan, who originated the role of Belle on Broadway, commented on the casting of Watson as "perfect".[25]


Principal photography on the film began at Shepperton Studios in London on May 18, 2015.[7][26][27] Principal actors concluded filming on August 21, 2015.[28][29] Six days later, co-producer Jack Morrissey confirmed that the film had officially wrapped production.[30]


On March 16, 2015, Disney announced the film would be released in 3D on March 17, 2017.[7] The first official presentation of the film took place at Disney's three-day D23 Expo in August 2015.[31]


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  3. ^ a b "Dan Stevens cast in Beauty and the Beast".  
  4. ^ a b "Luke Evans cast in Beauty and the Beast".  
  5. ^ a b Kit, Borys (April 21, 2015). "Ewan McGregor to Play Lumiere in 'Beauty and the Beast' (Exclusive)".  
  6. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (April 10, 2015). "Ian McKellen to Play Cogsworth in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)".  
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  8. ^ a b Kit, Borys (March 13, 2015). "Josh Gad Joining Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' (Exclusive)".  
  9. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (April 21, 2015). "Stanley Tucci Rounds Out Cast of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)".  
  10. ^ a b Kit, Borys (March 27, 2015). "Audra McDonald Joining Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' (Exclusive)".  
  11. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (April 13, 2015). "‘Beyond the Lights’ Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)".  
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  14. ^ Brew, Simon (January 11, 2011). "Alan Menken interview: Tangled, movie scores, musicals, Enchanted 2, Snow Queen and more". Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
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  19. ^ McNary, Dave (March 16, 2015). "Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Set for March 17, 2017". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Alan Menken Confirms 3 New Songs for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film; Broadway Tunes Will Not Be Included". June 5, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
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  23. ^ Kit, Borys (March 4, 2015). "Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Casting Dan Stevens as the Beast (Exclusive)".  
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  27. ^ "On the Set for 5/18/15: Emma Watson Starts ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Oliver Stone Wraps ‘Snowden’, Melissa Mccarthy Finishes ‘Michelle Darnell’ & More". SSN Insider. May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Emma Watson Wraps ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on ‘Harry Potter’ Anniversary". Collider. August 23, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Twitter Watch: Emma Watson & Luke Evans Wrap Filming on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST". Broadway World. August 24, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Disney's Live Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Officially Wraps Production!". Broadway World. August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  31. ^ Couch, Aaron; Kit, Borys (August 16, 2015). "Disney Shows off 'Pirates 5,' 'Beauty and the Beast' at D23".  

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