Ahead of the final Beauty and the Beast trailer arriving next week, Disney has ramped up its promotion of the movie with the release of motion posters for all of the main cast - along with the news that Josh Groban will be contributing to the soundtrack by recording a new song, 'For Evermore', written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.
Starring Emma Watson as Belle, with Dan Stevens as The Beast, Beauty and the Beast will bring a live action re-imagining of the 1991 animated classic to the big screen. It's fair to say most all of us are excited and/or intrigued to see the finished result, and Disney intend to give fans the chance to get an exclusive sneak peak at the movie when they visit its parks starting February 10th - over a month before Beauty and the Beast hits theaters.
Disney Parks blog has announced that the 8-minute sneak peak will play in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land, in the Disneyland California Adventure Park; in addition, Disney's Hollywood Studios park will show the segment as part of its 'One Man's Dream' attraction. Each location will also carry a display of props and costumes used in the movie.
Elsewhere, confirming the news of his musical contribution to the film, Josh Groban has shared a new poster for Beauty and the Beast via his Twitter account. Check it out, below:
The poster features a detailed, frosted profile of the Beast, which gradually blends into a forest scene with a silhouette of Belle in the middle. The icy detail to the poster could be representative of the curse that engulfs the Beast and his castle and staff. Blending a mix of CGI and live-action, the household staff will resemble various object but also appear in their human form; with Emma Thompson playing Mrs. Potts, a teapot; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, a candlestick; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, a mantle clock; Stanely Tucci as Cadenza the Harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Garderobe the wardrobe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, a feather duster.
Beauty and the Beast has a lot to live up to, but like Cinderella and The Jungle Book before it, the movie should succeed in appealing both to fans of the original animated version as well as a whole new, younger generation who won't remember it from the first time around. The story is, indeed, a tale as old as time; a classic fairytale with which we can all become enchanted - and with the addition of a near-perfect musical score from Menken, and songs from Menken, Rice, and the late Howard Ashman, Beauty and the Beast will hopefully more than deliver a touch of Disney magic.
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