Disney has announced the release date for the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and it is set for March 17th, 2017. The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of a trans-formative CG magic.
Emma Watson has been cast as Belle. Dan Stevens will be playing Prince/Beast. Luke Evans landed the role of Gaston and Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts with Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice. Josh Gad has also been cast as LeFou.. Production on the project will start in May at Shepperton Studios in London. 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.