The tale as old as time is getting a buff and shine. In new images posted to his Facebook page, Beauty and the Beast co-producer Jack Morrissey has revealed some early images from the live-action update to Disney’s cartoon classic.
While we didn’t get a glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle or Dan Stevens in Beast mode, the new images, which include concept art, B-roll footage, and a screen grab from the upcoming 25th anniversary home release of the 1991 animated feature, reveal our first look at several key characters and show how closely the production is hewing to its source material.
There’s the “Be Our Guest”-crooning candelabra Lumière and his clock-faced BFF Cogsworth.
“Here’s a fine piece of concept art of Ewan McGregor as Lumière and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth,” writes Morrissey. “These designs are close but may not be final.”
Above: “These two, just standing there staring…” Morrissey says in his caption (Photo: Jack Morrissey/Disney/Facebook); below: Cogsworth and Lumiere in the 1991 original (Photo: Disney)
Next up comes a still from the “Gaston” song featuring Luke Evans as muscle-bound antagonist Gaston and Josh Gad as his blundering sidekick LeFou.
Above: “I use antlers in all of my dec-o-rating…” writes Morrissey, quoting a lyric from ‘Gaston’ song (Photo: Jack Morrissey/Disney/Facebook); below: LeFou and Gaston in the 1991 original (Photo: Disney)
The last image from Morrissey is a behind-the-scenes screen capture of Dan Stevens as the Beast’s less hirsute alter ego, the Prince, taken at Britain’s Shepperton Studios.
This is a frame from the “Sneak Peek” at Bill’s live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray/Digital release, notes Morrissey (Photo: Jack Morrissey/Disney/Facebook); below: the Prince in the 1991 original (Photo: Disney)
The live-action Beauty and the Beast, coming March 17, 2017, is directed by Bill Condon and also stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
The 25th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD arrives in stores on Sept. 20.