In the wake of a massive debut for Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” with over $70 at the domestic box-office this past weekend, Disney has announced it will release “Beauty and the Beast“ in 3D on March 17, 2017. The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic as the studio has been doing for several years now with films such as Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Maleficent”
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens (“The Guest”) will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively. Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.
Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice. Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London.