Be still our Disney-loving hearts. I nearly fell off my chair when I scrolled through Facebook and saw that a Beauty and the Beast trailer had finally been released. The live-action remake, which is set to hit theatres March 2017 (a whopping 297 days away if anyone else is counting) released a 90-second clip (okay, so it’s more of a teaser than a trailer, but whatevs) with our first glimpse in what I’m assuming is going to be one of the best remakes in the long line of remakes we’ve seen so far. First impressions: Chills. A lot of them.
While the clip doesn’t show much (not that we’re really anticipating any spoilers), it offers us the familiar music and glance through the Beast’s castle that shows the progression of his reclusiveness. Right at the end all we see and hear is our first glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle. There really couldn’t be a better match.
In the age of the Internet, we’re fortunate to be able to get excited about things like this so early in the game (like 297 days early), but that just leaves so much more room for speculation, judgement, hype, opinions and the like (just read anything we’ve ever published on Gilmore Girls). So, we’re just stating the facts and the fact is we’re freaking excited. I can’t even explain how many times I made my parents sit through this movie as a kid. Well, they didn’t disown me so it clearly wasn’t enough.
In case you missed some of the news, Emma Watson is set to play Belle (duh), Dan Stevens as the Beast (you might remember him from a little show called Downton Abbey), Luke Evans as Gaston (which kinda makes me sad because I really liked him in The Hobbit and I hate to think of him as a jerk), Josh Gad as Le Fou (clearly because he was effing ah-mahzing as Olaf in Frozen), Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Sir Ian McKellan as Cogsworth, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette and Kevin Kline as Maurice. Bonus: Stanley Tucci is rumoured to be heading a new role of a grand piano. If anyone can pull off a “neurotic maestro,” it’s definitely him. Really it couldn’t be a better cast if I created it myself.
So, now we play the waiting game. March 17, 2017 is just around the corner, right? Brb while I go watch the original animated classic a thousand times until then.